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Subject[PATCH v12 0/7] arm64: ARMv8.5-A: MTE: Add async mode support
This patchset implements the asynchronous mode support for ARMv8.5-A
Memory Tagging Extension (MTE), which is a debugging feature that allows
to detect with the help of the architecture the C and C++ programmatic
memory errors like buffer overflow, use-after-free, use-after-return, etc.

MTE is built on top of the AArch64 v8.0 virtual address tagging TBI
(Top Byte Ignore) feature and allows a task to set a 4 bit tag on any
subset of its address space that is multiple of a 16 bytes granule. MTE
is based on a lock-key mechanism where the lock is the tag associated to
the physical memory and the key is the tag associated to the virtual
When MTE is enabled and tags are set for ranges of address space of a task,
the PE will compare the tag related to the physical memory with the tag
related to the virtual address (tag check operation). Access to the memory
is granted only if the two tags match. In case of mismatch the PE will raise
an exception.

The exception can be handled synchronously or asynchronously. When the
asynchronous mode is enabled:
- Upon fault the PE updates the TFSR_EL1 register.
- The kernel detects the change during one of the following:
- Context switching
- Return to user/EL0
- Kernel entry from EL1
- Kernel exit to EL1
- If the register has been updated by the PE the kernel clears it and
reports the error.

The series is based on linux-next/akpm.

To simplify the testing a tree with the new patches on top has been made
available at [1].

[1] mte/v11.async.akpm

- Fixed a bug affecting kernel functions allowed to read
beyond buffer boundaries.
- Added support for save/restore of TFSR_EL1 register
during suspend/resume operations.
- Rebased on latest linux-next/akpm.
- Added patch that disables KUNIT tests in async mode
- Rebase on the latest linux-next/akpm
- Address review comments.
- Rebase on the latest linux-next/akpm
- Address review comments.
- Address review comments.
- Fix a warning reported by kernel test robot. This
time for real.
- Drop patches that forbid KASAN KUNIT tests when async
mode is enabled.
- Fix a warning reported by kernel test robot.
- Address review comments.
- Rebase the series on linux-next/akpm.
- Forbid execution for KASAN KUNIT tests when async
mode is enabled.
- Dropped patch to inline mte_assign_mem_tag_range().
- Address review comments.
- Added support for kasan.mode (sync/async) kernel
command line parameter.
- Addressed review comments.
- Exposed kasan_hw_tags_mode to convert the internal
KASAN represenetation.
- Added dsb() for kernel exit paths in arm64.
- Addressed review comments.
- Fixed a compilation issue reported by krobot.
- General cleanup.

Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Catalin Marinas <>
Cc: Will Deacon <>
Cc: Dmitry Vyukov <>
Cc: Andrey Ryabinin <>
Cc: Alexander Potapenko <>
Cc: Marco Elver <>
Cc: Evgenii Stepanov <>
Cc: Branislav Rankov <>
Cc: Andrey Konovalov <>
Cc: Lorenzo Pieralisi <>
Signed-off-by: Vincenzo Frascino <>

Andrey Konovalov (1):
kasan: don't run tests in async mode

Vincenzo Frascino (6):
arm64: mte: Add asynchronous mode support
kasan: Add KASAN mode kernel parameter
kasan: Add report for async mode
arm64: mte: Enable TCO in functions that can read beyond buffer limits
arm64: mte: Enable async tag check fault
arm64: mte: Save/Restore TFSR_EL1 during suspend

Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst | 9 +++
arch/arm64/include/asm/memory.h | 3 +-
arch/arm64/include/asm/mte-kasan.h | 9 ++-
arch/arm64/include/asm/mte.h | 36 +++++++++++
arch/arm64/include/asm/uaccess.h | 19 ++++++
arch/arm64/include/asm/word-at-a-time.h | 4 ++
arch/arm64/kernel/entry-common.c | 6 ++
arch/arm64/kernel/mte.c | 84 ++++++++++++++++++++++++-
arch/arm64/kernel/suspend.c | 3 +
include/linux/kasan.h | 6 ++
lib/test_kasan.c | 6 +-
mm/kasan/hw_tags.c | 52 ++++++++++++++-
mm/kasan/kasan.h | 7 ++-
mm/kasan/report.c | 17 ++++-
14 files changed, 251 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)


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