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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/1] Add explicit error for missing CONFIG_ASN1
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On Tue, 2020-09-22 at 12:46 -0700, Randy Dunlap wrote:
> On 9/22/20 12:44 PM, James Bottomley wrote:
> > On Tue, 2020-09-22 at 12:38 -0700, Randy Dunlap wrote:
> > > On 9/22/20 12:19 PM, James Bottomley wrote:
> > > > On Tue, 2020-09-22 at 11:54 -0700, Randy Dunlap wrote:
> > > > > On 9/22/20 8:53 AM, James Bottomley wrote:
> > > > > > I recently ran into this as an error from 0day. On x86
> > > > > > it's
> > > > > > pretty
> > > > > > much impossible to build a configuration where CONFIG_ASN1
> > > > > > isn't
> > > > > > set, so you rarely notice a problem using the ASN.1
> > > > > > compiler
> > > > > > because something else has selected it. However, this
> > > > > > compiler
> > > > > > is
> > > > > > never built if CONFIG_ASN1 isn't set and the error you get
> > > > > > from
> > > > > > kbuild is particularly unhelpful:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > make[4]: *** No rule to make target
> > > > > > 'security/keys/trusted-
> > > > > > keys/tpm2key.asn1.o', needed by 'security/keys/trusted-
> > > > > > keys/built-
> > > > > > in.a'.
> > > > > > make[4]: *** [scripts/Makefile.build:283:
> > > > > > security/keys/trusted-
> > > > > > keys/trusted_tpm2.o] Error 1
> > > > > > make[4]: Target '__build' not remade because of errors.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > This patch changes the above error to the much easier to
> > > > > > diagnose:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > scripts/Makefile.build:387: *** CONFIG_ASN1 must be
> > > > > > defined
> > > > > > for
> > > > > > the asn1_compiler. Stop.
> > > > > > make[3]: *** [scripts/Makefile.build:505:
> > > > > > security/keys/trusted-
> > > > > > keys] Error 2
> > > > > >
> > > > > > James
> > > > > >
> > > > > > ---
> > > > > >
> > > > > > James Bottomley (1):
> > > > > > Makefile.build: Add an explicit error for missing ASN.1
> > > > > > compiler
> > > > > >
> > > > > > scripts/Makefile.build | 5 +++++
> > > > > > 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)
> > > > >
> > > > > Is there a missing
> > > > > select ASN1
> > > > > somewhere?
> > > >
> > > > You mean in the build used to produce the errors above? Yes,
> > > > so the patch is to make the problem more explicit.
> > >
> > > I appreciate that the message can be improved, but it seems
> > > possible that some Kconfig could also be improved.
> >
> > I don't really see how. To find the problem you have to identify a
> > conditional build in the Makefile that requires the asn1 compiler
> > but for which the config option doesn't have a select ASN1. We
> > don't currently preserve the "what selected this symbol"
> > information in kconfig, which is what we'd need.
>
> Well, if you have a failing .config file, I would be glad to take a
> look at it...

The original problem is already fixed. The point of this patch is to
make 0day explicitly identify it if it ever occurs again.

James


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