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SubjectRe: objtool clac/stac handling change..
On Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 12:59 PM Al Viro <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 01, 2020 at 12:04:36PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> >
> > That's actually for the access granting. Shutting the access down ends
> > up always doing the same thing anyway..
> #define user_read_access_end prevent_current_read_from_user
> #define user_write_access_end prevent_current_write_to_user
> static inline void prevent_current_read_from_user(void)
> {
> prevent_user_access(NULL, NULL, ~0UL, KUAP_CURRENT_READ);
> }
> static inline void prevent_current_write_to_user(void)
> {
> prevent_user_access(NULL, NULL, ~0UL, KUAP_CURRENT_WRITE);
> }
> and prevent_user_access() has instances that do care about the direction...

Go and look closer.

There are three cases:

(a) the 32-bit book3s case. It looks like it cares, but when you look
closer, it ends up not caring about the read side, and saving the
"which address to I allow user writes to" in current->thread.kuap

(b) the nohash 32-bit case - doesn't care

(c) the 64-bit books case - doesn't care

So yes, in the (a) case it does make a difference between reads and
writes, but at least as far as I can tell, it ignores the read case,
and has code to avoid the unnecessary "disable user writes" case when
there was only a read enable done.

Now, it's possible that I'm wrong, but the upshot of that is that even
on powerpc, I think that if we just made the rule be that "taking a
user exception should automatically do the 'user_access_end()' for us"
is trivial.

But I'll add the powerpc people to the list too. And the arm64 people
too, although it looks like they still haven't actually made the
uaccess_disable() logic visible as user_access_begin/end and the
unsafe_xyz code, so they'd not be impacted.

Christophe/Michael: the discussion is that I'd actually want to change
the "exception on user access" case to do the user_access_end()
automatically, so that you can write code like

if (!user_access_begin(...))
goto out;

unsafe_get_user(..., out);
unsafe_get_user(..., out);

.. all is good, use the value we got..
return 0;

return -EFAULT;

and use the same error label for both the "user_access_begin() failed"
_and_ for the "oops, the access faulted".

Right now the code needs to explicitly do the user_access_end()
handling manually if one of the accesses fault.

See for example fs/readdir.c, which has that

buf->result = -EFAULT;
return -EFAULT;

pattern of two different error targets several times. I'd like to
avoid that user_{read_,write_,}access_end() case for the error
handling entirely. It's extra complexity.

I checked every single non-arch user, and for all of them it was just
extra work (eg i915 driver, readdir, select, etc)

The only case it wasn't an extra bother was the
lib/strn{cpy,len}_from_user() cases, but that was because I literally
organized the code to call a helper function be called in such a way
that it always did the right thing.


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