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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 01/10] x86/retpoline: Add initial retpoline support
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> 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'.

I did look at ditching the -DRETPOLINE but there is benefit in doing the
sys_call_table jump even when GCC isn't updated. So I put it back.


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dwmw2

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