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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] x86/boot: Rename overlapping memcpy() to memmove()
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On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 2:37 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org> wrote:
>
> * Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
>
>> On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 2:04 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org> wrote:
>> >
>> > * Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
>> > > +#define memmove memmove
>> >
>> > Btw., what's the purpose of this define? If it's already defined then we should
>> > get a build warning. If it's not, we won't.
>>
>> It's for the decompressor that checks for memmove existing already via
>> "ifdef memmove". If this isn't done here, we will end up with two
>> memmove implementations.
>
> So:
>
> triton:~/tip> git grep memmove | grep -i ifdef
> triton:~/tip>
>
> what am I missing?

Sorry, I typoed. It's #ifndef:

lib/decompress_unxz.c:

#ifndef memmove
/* Not static to avoid a conflict with the prototype in the Linux headers. */
void *memmove(void *dest, const void *src, size_t size)
{
...

In the regular kernel, each architecture provides a define for memmove, e.g.:

arch/x86/include/asm/string_64.h:#define memmove(dst, src, len)
__memmove(dst, src, len)

So the compressed boot stub does too so the decompressor can work in
both code bases.

-Kees

>> >> +void *memcpy(void *dest, const void *src, size_t n)
>> >
>> > btw., if there's any doubt about other overlapping uses, we could add this to
>> > memcpy():
>> >
>> > WARN_ON_ONCE(dest > src && dest-src < n);
>> >
>> > or so? Does printk() work so early on?
>>
>> It does not, but we could use either "error" or the new "warn". Should
>> we abort a boot in this case, or just warn about it? (Our
>> implementations of memcpy, fwiw, currently seem to support overlap, so
>> I would suggest warn.)
>
> Yeah, I'd definitely not try to crash the bootup for the user, but try to
> continue.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ingo



--
Kees Cook
Chrome OS & Brillo Security

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