lists  /  announce  owl-users  owl-dev  john-users  john-dev  passwdqc-users  yescrypt  popa3d-users  /  oss-security  kernel-hardening  musl  sabotage  tlsify  passwords  /  crypt-dev  xvendor  /  Bugtraq  Full-Disclosure  linux-kernel  linux-netdev  linux-ext4  linux-hardening  PHC 
Open Source and information security mailing list archives
Hash Suite: Windows password security audit tool. GUI, reports in PDF.
[<prev] [next>] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date:   Wed, 25 Oct 2017 06:00:21 +0200
From:   "Jason A. Donenfeld" <>
To:     "Tobin C. Harding" <>
        "Theodore Ts'o" <>,
        Linus Torvalds <>,
        Kees Cook <>,
        Paolo Bonzini <>,
        Tycho Andersen <>,
        "Roberts, William C" <>,
        Tejun Heo <>,
        Jordan Glover <>,
        Greg KH <>,
        Petr Mladek <>, Joe Perches <>,
        Ian Campbell <>,
        Sergey Senozhatsky <>,
        Catalin Marinas <>,
        Will Deacon <>,
        Steven Rostedt <>,
        Chris Fries <>,
        Dave Weinstein <>,
        Daniel Micay <>,
        Djalal Harouni <>,
        LKML <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v7] printk: hash addresses printed with %p

On Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 5:49 AM, Tobin C. Harding <> wrote:
> static_branch_disable(&no_ptr_secret) : Doesn't sleep, just atomic read
> and set and maybe a WARN_ONCE.

Are you sure about that? I just looked myself, and though there is a
!HAVE_JUMP_LABEL ifdef that does what you described, there's also a
HAVE_JUMP_LABEL that takes a mutex, which sleeps:


> Now for the 'executes from process context' stuff.

Er, sorry, I meant to write non-process context in my original
message, which is generally where you're worried about sleeping.

> If the callback mechanism is utilized (i.e print before randomness is
> ready) then the call back will be executed the next time the randomness
> pool gets added to

So it sounds to me like this might be called in non-process context.
Disaster. I realize the static_key thing was my idea in the original
email, so sorry for leading you astray. But moving to do this in
early_initcall wound up fixing other issues too, so all and all a net
good in going this direction.

Two options: you stick with static_branch, because it's cool and speed
is fun, and work around all of the above with a call to queue_work so
that static_branch_enable is called only from process context.

Or, you give up on static_key, because it's not actually super
necessary, and instead just use an atomic, and reason that using `if
(unlikely(!atomic_read(&whatever)))` is probably good enough. In this
option, the code would be pretty much the same as v7, except you'd
s/static_branch/atomic_t/, and change the helpers, etc. This is
probably the more reasonable way.

Powered by blists - more mailing lists