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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 01/10] x86/retpoline: Add initial retpoline support
On Tue, 2018-01-09 at 13:36 +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 08, 2018 at 02:46:32PM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > On Mon, 8 Jan 2018, Josh Poimboeuf wrote:
> > > 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.
> So elsewhere you stated we're dropping support for GCC without asm-goto
> (<4.5), does it then make sense to make one more step and mandate a
> retpoline capable compiler, which would put us at >=4.9 (for x86).
> That would get rid of this weird case as well.

Yeah... I don't have strong feelings there.

Arjan (IIRC) had asked me to keep it this way.

The idea was that those were the *easy* targets for an attacker to
find; especially in entry_64.S it's asm all the way to the indirect
branch. A rootkit might be targeted at entirely unpatched systems which
leave that vulnerable, and *even* though there are other targets which
could be found with more work, doing just the asm code might well end
up protecting from such an attack in practice.

The CONFIG_RETPOLINE/!RETPOLINE case isn't really *that* much
complexity; I don't really care about that either.

On the whole, I'm inclined to leave it as it is without further
bikeshedding for now. We can change it later once all those GCC
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