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SubjectRe: [PATCH 11/14] MIPS: memblock: Print out kernel virtual mem layout
Hi Serge,

On 18/01/18 20:18, Serge Semin wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 12:03:03PM -0800, Florian Fainelli <> wrote:
>> On 01/17/2018 02:23 PM, Serge Semin wrote:
>>> It is useful to have the kernel virtual memory layout printed
>>> at boot time so to have the full information about the booted
>>> kernel. In some cases it might be unsafe to have virtual
>>> addresses freely visible in logs, so the %pK format is used if
>>> one want to hide them.
>>> Signed-off-by: Serge Semin <>
>> I personally like having that information because that helps debug and
>> have a quick reference, but there appears to be a trend to remove this
>> in the name of security:
>> maybe hide this behind a configuration option?
> Yeah, arm code was the place I picked the function up.) But in my case
> I've used %pK so the pointers would disappear from logging when
> kptr_restrict sysctl is 1 or 2.
> I agree, that we might need to make the printouts optional. If there is
> any kernel config, which for instance increases the kernel security we
> could also use it or anything else to discard the printouts at compile
> time.

Certainly, when KASLR is active it would be preferable to hide this
information, so you could use CONFIG_RELOCATABLE. The existing KASLR
stuff additionally hides this kind of information behind
CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL, so that only people actively debugging the kernel
see it:


>> --
>> Florian

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