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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] ramoops: remove module parameters
On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 1:25 AM, Marco Stornelli
<> wrote:
> Il 18/11/2011 20:31, Kees Cook ha scritto:
>> The ramoops driver is intended to be used with platforms that define
>> persistent memory regions. If memory regions were configurable with
>> module parameters, it would be possible to read some RAM regions via
>> the pstore interface without access to /dev/mem (which would result
>> in a loss of kernel memory privacy when a system is built with
>> STRICT_DEVMEM), so remove this ability completely.
> I don't like it very much. The loss of module parameters give us less
> flexibility. The main goal of this driver is debug, so I think it should be
> fast to use. I mean it's not more possible reserve a memory region and load
> the module "on-the-fly", it needs a platform device, it's ok but I think
> it's a little bit more complicated, (without talking about platforms without
> a device tree source).
> I don't understand the problem of strict devmem. We shouldn't use kernel
> memory region but only reserved ones and the driver doesn't use the
> request_mem_region_exclusive, am I wrong?

Hmmm, maybe I'm reading it backwards, but I think we want it to use

int devmem_is_allowed(unsigned long pagenr)
if (pagenr <= 256)
return 1;
if (iomem_is_exclusive(pagenr << PAGE_SHIFT))
return 0;
if (!page_is_ram(pagenr))
return 1;
return 0;

If the region is exclusive, access is not allowed (return 0). ramoops
currently uses request_mem_region() instead of
request_mem_region_exclusive(). If we made that switch, I think I'd be
happy. Would this create some problem I'm not seeing?


Kees Cook
ChromeOS Security

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