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Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:30:20 +0200
From: Vlastimil Babka <>
To: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Chris von Recklinghausen <>,
 Laura Abbott <>, Paolo Abeni <>,
 LKML <>, Linux-MM <>,
 Kernel Hardening <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v7] add param that allows bootline control of hardened

On 07/15/2018 04:04 AM, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 10:47 AM, Vlastimil Babka <> wrote:
>> On 07/04/2018 06:52 PM, Kees Cook wrote:
>>> This produces less efficient code in the general case, and I'd like to
>>> keep the general case (hardening enabled) as fast as possible.
>> How specifically is the code less efficient? It should be always a
>> static key check (no-op thanks to the code patching involved) and a
>> function call in the "hardening enabled" case, just in different order.
>> And in either case compiled out if it's a constant.
> My understanding from reading the jump label comments[1] is that on
> order produces:
> do normal thing
> label1:
> do rest of function
> label2:
> do exceptional thing
> jump label1
> where "NOP" is changed to "JMP label2" when toggled, and the other is:
> JMP label1
> do exceptional thing
> JMP label2
> label1:
> do normal thing
> label2:
> do rest of function
> where "JMP label1" is changed to NOP when toggled. (i.e. does the
> default do NOP, thing, function, or does the default to JMP, thing,
> JMP, function)

My mistake, sorry. I didn't mean to change likely() to unlikely(). Also
I didn't negate the condition. The correct code is:

        if (!__builtin_constant_p(n) &&
                __check_object_size(ptr, n, to_user);

I've test-compiled it, did objdump -d and checked few call sites and they
seem to be preceded just y NOP, so it's the first case you mentioned above,
as expected - calling __check_object_size() is treated as the "normal thing".

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