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SubjectRe: [PATCH] locking/refcounts, x86/asm: Use unique .text section for refcount exceptions
On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 9:03 PM, Mike Galbraith <efault@gmx.de> wrote:
> On Fri, 2017-09-01 at 13:22 -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
>> Using .text.unlikely for refcount exceptions isn't safe because gcc may
>> move entire functions into .text.unlikely (e.g. in6_dev_get()), which
>> would cause any uses of a protected refcount_t function to stay inline
>> with the function, triggering the protection unconditionally:
>>
>> .section .text.unlikely,"ax",@progbits
>> .type in6_dev_get, @function
>> in6_dev_getx:
>> .LFB4673:
>> .loc 2 4128 0
>> .cfi_startproc
>> ...
>> lock; incl 480(%rbx)
>> js 111f
>> .pushsection .text.unlikely
>> 111: lea 480(%rbx), %rcx
>> 112: .byte 0x0f, 0xff
>> .popsection
>> 113:
>>
>> This creates a unique .text section and adds an additional test to the
>> exception handler to WARN in the case of having none of OF, SF, nor ZF
>> set so we can see things like this more easily in the future.
>
> Closure: gcc-4.8.5 now builds a functional kernel as well, so that
> aspect of this bug was just a larger a dose of the same toxin.

Okay, excellent. Thanks for checking!

>
> Question below.
>
> diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/refcount.h
> b/arch/x86/include/asm/refcount.h
>> index ff871210b9f2..4e44250e7d0d 100644
>> --- a/arch/x86/include/asm/refcount.h
>> +++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/refcount.h
>> @@ -15,7 +15,7 @@
>> * back to the regular execution flow in .text.
>> */
>> #define _REFCOUNT_EXCEPTION \
>> - ".pushsection .text.unlikely\n" \
>> + ".pushsection .text..refcount\n" \
>
> Why two dots? (.text.refcount_ex?)

A dot keeps it out of the TEXT_MAIN macro namespace (see cb87481ee89db
in -next, which is function names: [a-zA-Z0-9_]) to avoid collisions
and so it can be put at the end with text.unlikely to keep the cold
code together.

-Kees

--
Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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