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SubjectRe: [patch 0/5] Support for sanitization flag in low-level page allocator
Hi Alan,

Alan Cox wrote:
> The problem is that most sensitive data is user space anyway.
> GFP_SENSITIVE or kzfree mean you have to get it right in the kernel and
> you don't fix things like stack copies of sensitive data - its a quick
> hack which doesn't meet goot security programming practice -it defaults
> to insecure which is the wrong way around. Not saying its not a bad idea
> to kzfree a few keys and things *but* it's not real security.
>
> If you want to do real security you have a sysfs or build flag that turns
> on clearing every page on free. Yes it costs performance (a lot less
> nowdays with cache bypassing stores) but for the category of user who
> wants to be sure nothing escapes it does the job while kzfree would be
> like trying to plug leaks in a sieve.

Yup, your suggestion would make one simple patch, for sure. I wonder if
anyone is actually prepared to enable the thing at run-time, though,
which is why I suggested doing the "critical" kzfree() ones unconditionally.

Pekka


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