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    SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 9/9] x86-64: Add CONFIG_UNSAFE_VSYSCALLS to feature-removal-schedule

    * Linus Torvalds <> wrote:

    > We *definitely* don't want to name it in a way that makes some
    > random person just turn it off because it's scary, since the random
    > person *shouldn't* turn it off today. Comprende?

    Agreed, and that's fixed now.

    > And the annoying part about the whole patch series is how the whole
    > re-sending has gone on forever. Just pick some approach, do it, and
    > don't even bother making it a config option for now. If we can
    > replace the vsyscall page with a page fault or int3 or whatever,
    > and it's only used for the 'time()' system call, just do it.

    Ok, we can certainly remove CONFIG_LEGACY_VTIME - that would further
    simplify things!

    I was unsure how big of a problem the time() slowdown was and the
    config option was easy enough to provide. My preference would be to
    just remove the config option and simplify the code - complexity is
    the #1 enemy of security.

    > The series is now extended with the cleanup patches so the end
    > result looks reasonable, but why have the whole "first implement
    > it, then clean it up" and sending it as a whole series. That's
    > annoying. Just send the cleaned-up end result to begin with.

    Do you think x86/vdso is worth rebasing at this stage? Right now it

    feba7e97df8c: x86-64: Rename COMPAT_VSYSCALLS to LEGACY_VTIME and clarify documentation
    7dc0452808b7: x86-64: Clean up vsyscall emulation and remove fixed-address ret
    8d6316596441: x86-64: Fix outdated comments in vsyscall_64.c
    1593843e2ada: x86-64, vsyscalls: Rename UNSAFE_VSYSCALLS to COMPAT_VSYSCALLS
    764611c8dfb5: x86-64, vdso, seccomp: Fix !CONFIG_SECCOMP build
    38172403a978: x86-64: Add CONFIG_UNSAFE_VSYSCALLS to feature-removal-schedule
    d55ed1d30b82: x86-64: Emulate legacy vsyscalls
    5dfcea629a08: x86-64: Fill unused parts of the vsyscall page with 0xcc
    bb5fe2f78ead: x86-64: Remove vsyscall number 3 (venosys)
    d319bb79afa4: x86-64: Map the HPET NX
    0d7b8547fb67: x86-64: Remove kernel.vsyscall64 sysctl
    9fd67b4ed071: x86-64: Give vvars their own page
    8b4777a4b50c: x86-64: Document some of entry_64.S
    6879eb2deed7: x86-64: Fix alignment of jiffies variable

    it's reasonably tested by now. We'd keep about 80% of the commits
    after the rebase.



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