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SubjectRe: [v3] mm: Add SLUB free list pointer obfuscation
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Hello Christopher and Kees,

On 26.07.2017 19:55, Christopher Lameter wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Jul 2017, Kees Cook wrote:
>
>>>> What happens if, instead of BUG_ON, we do:
>>>>
>>>> if (unlikely(WARN_RATELIMIT(object == fp, "double-free detected"))
>>>> return;
>>>
>>> This may work for the free fastpath but the set_freepointer function is
>>> use in multiple other locations. Maybe just add this to the fastpath
>>> instead of to this fucnction?
>>
>> Do you mean do_slab_free()?
>
> Yes inserting these lines into do_slab_free() would simple ignore the
> double free operation in the fast path and that would be safe.

I don't really like ignoring double-free. I think, that:
- it will hide dangerous bugs in the kernel,
- it can make some kernel exploits more stable.
I would rather add BUG_ON to set_freepointer() behind SLAB_FREELIST_HARDENED. Is
it fine?

At the same time avoiding the consequences of some double-free errors is better
than not doing that. It may be considered as kernel "self-healing", I don't
know. I can prepare a second patch for do_slab_free(), as you described. Would
you like it?

Best regards,
Alexander

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