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Date:   Wed,  6 Dec 2017 12:35:36 +0000
From:   Will Deacon <>
Cc:,,,,,,,,,, Will Deacon <>
Subject: [PATCH v3 17/20] arm64: Kconfig: Add CONFIG_UNMAP_KERNEL_AT_EL0

Add a Kconfig entry to control use of the entry trampoline, which allows
us to unmap the kernel whilst running in userspace and improve the
robustness of KASLR.

Reviewed-by: Mark Rutland <>
Signed-off-by: Will Deacon <>
 arch/arm64/Kconfig | 13 +++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 13 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/Kconfig b/arch/arm64/Kconfig
index fdcc7b9bb15d..3af1657fcac3 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/arm64/Kconfig
@@ -833,6 +833,19 @@ config FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER
 	  However for 4K, we choose a higher default value, 11 as opposed to 10, giving us
 	  4M allocations matching the default size used by generic code.
+	bool "Unmap kernel when running in userspace (aka \"KAISER\")"
+	default y
+	help
+	  Some attacks against KASLR make use of the timing difference between
+	  a permission fault which could arise from a page table entry that is
+	  present in the TLB, and a translation fault which always requires a
+	  page table walk. This option defends against these attacks by unmapping
+	  the kernel whilst running in userspace, therefore forcing translation
+	  faults for all of kernel space.
+	  If unsure, say Y.
 menuconfig ARMV8_DEPRECATED
 	bool "Emulate deprecated/obsolete ARMv8 instructions"
 	depends on COMPAT

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