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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sgi-xp: use designated initializers
On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 3:19 PM, Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 8:24 AM, Robin Holt <robinmholt@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 7:01 PM, Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
>>> Prepare to mark sensitive kernel structures for randomization by making
>>> sure they're using designated initializers. These were identified during
>>> allyesconfig builds of x86, arm, and arm64, with most initializer fixes
>>> extracted from grsecurity.
>>
>> I guess I don't understand the context enough here to give you a
>> Signed-off-by. Can you give us more background on this randomization?
>
> Sure thing! The randomization is on the order of function pointers in
> all-pointer structures (like struct xpc_interface). As long as the
> memory containing the structure isn't shared externally, this
> randomization should have no operational effect. The reason explicit
> no-op functions were added was to avoid ugly casts, etc.

Friendly ping ... any chance this can land in -next soon?

>> From what I see in the code here, I can see you are providing
>> equivalent functionality and I would give it a signed-off-by, but I am
>> not sure this randomization of which you speak is not going to cause
>> problems for XP, XPC, XPNET, and XPMEM (out of tree GPL kernel
>> module).
>
> Ah, hm, does this module share the structure without being built
> against the kernel? (If built with the kernel, the randomization
> plugin will keep things in the right order.)

Regardless of your answer, this randomization can be turned off.
Switching to designated initializers here is mainly just a clean up.

Thanks!

-Kees

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Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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