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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 01/10] x86/retpoline: Add initial retpoline support
On Mon, Jan 08, 2018 at 02:46:32PM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Mon, 8 Jan 2018, Josh Poimboeuf wrote:
> > On Sun, Jan 07, 2018 at 10:11:16PM +0000, David Woodhouse wrote:
> > > diff --git a/arch/x86/Makefile b/arch/x86/Makefile
> > > index a20eacd..918e550 100644
> > > --- a/arch/x86/Makefile
> > > +++ b/arch/x86/Makefile
> > > @@ -235,6 +235,16 @@ KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-sign-compare
> > > #
> > > KBUILD_CFLAGS += -fno-asynchronous-unwind-tables
> > >
> > > +# Avoid indirect branches in kernel to deal with Spectre
> > > +ifdef CONFIG_RETPOLINE
> > > + RETPOLINE_CFLAGS += $(call cc-option,-mindirect-branch=thunk-extern -mindirect-branch-register)
> > > + ifneq ($(RETPOLINE_CFLAGS),)
> > > + KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(RETPOLINE_CFLAGS) -DRETPOLINE
> > > + else
> > > + $(warning Retpoline not supported in compiler. System may be insecure.)
> > > + endif
> > > +endif
> >
> > I wonder if an error might be more appropriate than a warning. I
> > learned from experience that a lot of people don't see these Makefile
> > warnings, and this would be a dangerous one to miss.
> >
> > Also if this were an error, you could get rid of the RETPOLINE define,
> > and that would be one less define cluttering up the already way-too-long
> > GCC arg list.
>
> It still allows to get the ASM part covered. If that's worth it I can't tell.

If there's a makefile error above, then CONFIG_RETPOLINE would already
imply compiler support, so the ASM code with the new '%V' option could
just do 'ifdef CONFIG_RETPOLINE'.

--
Josh

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