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Subjectrseq/arm32: choosing rseq code signature
Hi Will,

We are about to include the code signature required prior to restartable
sequences abort handlers into glibc, which will make this ABI choice final.
We need architecture maintainer input on that signature value.

That code signature is placed before each abort handler, so the kernel can
validate that it is indeed jumping to an abort handler (and not some
arbitrary attacker-chosen code). The signature is never executed.

The current discussion thread on the glibc mailing list leads us towards
using a trap with uncommon immediate operand, which simplifies integration
with disassemblers, emulators, makes it easier to debug if the control
flow gets redirected there by mistake, and is nicer for some architecture's
speculative execution.

We can have different signatures for each sub-architecture, as long as they
don't have to co-exist within the same process. We can special-case with
#ifdef for each sub-architecture and endianness if need be. If the architecture
has instruction set extensions that can co-exist with the architecture
instruction set within the same process (e.g. thumb for arm), we need to take
into account to which instruction the chosen signature value would map (and
possibly decide if we need to extend rseq to support many signatures).

Here is an example of rseq signature definition template:

/*
* TODO: document trap instruction objdump output on each sub-architecture
* instruction sets, as well as instruction set extensions.
*/
#define RSEQ_SIG 0x########

Ideally we'd need a patch on top of the Linux kernel
tools/testing/selftests/rseq/rseq-arm.h file that updates
the signature value, so I can then pick it up for the glibc
patchset.

Thanks!

Mathieu

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Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.
http://www.efficios.com

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