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Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:35:22 +0200
From: Jann Horn <>
To: Elena Petrova <>
Cc: Kernel Hardening <>, 
	kernel list <>, Kees Cook <>, 
	Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] sched.h: drop in_ubsan field when UBSAN is in trap mode

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 3:48 PM Elena Petrova <> wrote:
> in_ubsan field of task_struct is only used in lib/ubsan.c, which in its
> turn is used only `ifneq ($(CONFIG_UBSAN_TRAP),y)`.
> Removing unnecessary field from a task_struct will help preserve the
> ABI between vanilla and CONFIG_UBSAN_TRAP'ed kernels. In particular,
> this will help enabling bounds sanitizer transparently for Android's
> GKI.

The diff looks reasonable to me, but I'm curious about the
justification in the commit message:

Is the intent here that you want to be able to build a module without
CONFIG_UBSAN and load it into a kernel that is built with
CONFIG_UBSAN? Or the inverse?

Does this mean that in the future, gating new exported functions, or
new struct fields, on CONFIG_UBSAN (independent of whether
CONFIG_UBSAN_TRAP is set) will break Android?

If you really want to do this, and using alternatives to patch out the
ubsan instructions is not an option, I wonder whether it would be more
reasonable to at least add a configuration where CONFIG_UBSAN is
enabled but the compiler flag is not actually set. Then you could
unconditionally build that android kernel and its modules with that
config option, and wouldn't have to worry about structure size issues,
dependencies on undefined symbols and so on.

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