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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] rslib: Remove VLAs by setting upper bound on nroots
On Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 11:25 PM, Kees Cook <> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 3:59 PM, Andrew Morton
> <> wrote:
>> On Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:59:19 -0700 Kees Cook <> wrote:
>>> Avoid stack VLAs[1] by always allocating the upper bound of stack space
>>> needed. The existing users of rslib appear to max out at 24 roots[2],
>>> so use that as the upper bound until we have a reason to change it.
>>> Alternative considered: make init_rs() a true caller-instance and
>>> pre-allocate the workspaces. This would possibly need locking and
>>> a refactoring of the returned structure.
>>> Using kmalloc in this path doesn't look great, especially since at
>>> least one caller (pstore) is sensitive to allocations during rslib
>>> usage (it expects to run it during an Oops, for example).
>> Oh.
>> Could we allocate the storage during init_rs(), attach it to `struct
>> rs_control'?
> No, because they're modified during decode, and struct rs_control is
> shared between users. :(
> Doing those changes is possible, but it requires a rather extensive
> analysis of callers, etc.
> Hence, the 24 ultimately.

Can this land in -mm, or does this need further discussion?


Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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