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SubjectRe: [PATCH v11 25/25] x86/cet/shstk: Add arch_prctl functions for shadow stack
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On 9/16/2020 6:52 AM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 2:14 PM Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@intel.com> wrote:
>>
>> On 9/14/20 11:31 AM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>>> No matter what we do, the effects of calling vfork() are going to be a
>>> bit odd with SHSTK enabled. I suppose we could disallow this, but
>>> that seems likely to cause its own issues.
>>
>> What's odd about it? If you're a vfork()'d child, you can't touch the
>> stack at all, right? If you do, you or your parent will probably die a
>> horrible death.
>>
>
> An evil program could vfork(), have the child do a bunch of returns
> and a bunch of calls, and exit. The net effect would be to change the
> parent's shadow stack contents. In a sufficiently strict model, this
> is potentially problematic.

When a vfork child returns, its parent's shadow stack pointer is where
it was before the child starts. To move the shadow stack pointer and
re-use the content left by the child, the parent needs to use CALL, RET,
INCSSP, or RSTORSSP. This seems to be difficult.

>
> The question is: how much do we want to protect userspace from itself?
>

If any issue comes up, people can always find ways to counter it.

> --Andy
>

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