[lkml]   [2012]   [Jul]   [26]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
    Subject[PATCH 0/7] KDB: Kiosk (reduced capabilities) mode
    Hi all,

    Here is a patchset that implements "kiosk" mode for KDB debugger. The
    mode provides reduced set of features, so that it is no longer possible
    to leak sensitive data via the debugger, and not possible to change
    program flow in a predefined manner.

    The are two use-cases for the mode, one is evil, but another is quite

    The evil use case is used by some (ahem) phone manufaturers that want
    to have a debuging facilities on a production device, but still don't
    want you to use the debugger to gain root access. I don't like locked
    phones, and I would not touch this/get my hands dirty by implementing
    the feature just for this evil (IMHO) use case.

    But there is another non-evil use case: limitting access to public
    devices, i.e. "kiosks", ATMs (is that too much?) or just public
    computers w/ guest access. I can imagine that an administrator would
    want to setup a kernel so that upon an oops (or a sysrq event) the
    kernel would enter KDB, but at the same time, he would not want to
    leak sensitive data from the PC by means of the debugger.

    There are seven patches, the first five of them are just cleanups and
    preparations. I believe these five patches are good even if not
    considering the kiosk mode. And the rest of patches actually implement
    the mode -- it is pretty straightforward.

    Note that we might impelement the same mode for KGDB stub, but so far
    we don't bother.


    include/linux/kdb.h | 16 ++--
    kernel/debug/kdb/kdb_bp.c | 35 ++++----
    kernel/debug/kdb/kdb_main.c | 183 +++++++++++++++++++++-------------------
    kernel/debug/kdb/kdb_private.h | 3 +-
    kernel/trace/trace_kdb.c | 4 +-
    5 files changed, 126 insertions(+), 115 deletions(-)

    Anton Vorontsov

     \ /
      Last update: 2012-07-26 17:01    [W:0.024 / U:22.272 seconds]
    ©2003-2017 Jasper Spaans. hosted at Digital OceanAdvertise on this site