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Subject[PATCH v5 10/17] arm64: enable pointer authentication
From: Mark Rutland <>

Now that all the necessary bits are in place for userspace, add the
necessary Kconfig logic to allow this to be enabled.

Signed-off-by: Mark Rutland <>
Signed-off-by: Kristina Martsenko <>
Cc: Catalin Marinas <>
Cc: Will Deacon <>
arch/arm64/Kconfig | 23 +++++++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 23 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/Kconfig b/arch/arm64/Kconfig
index 1b1a0e95c751..8a6d44160fa8 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/arm64/Kconfig
@@ -1134,6 +1134,29 @@ config ARM64_RAS_EXTN


+menu "ARMv8.3 architectural features"
+config ARM64_PTR_AUTH
+ bool "Enable support for pointer authentication"
+ default y
+ help
+ Pointer authentication (part of the ARMv8.3 Extensions) provides
+ instructions for signing and authenticating pointers against secret
+ keys, which can be used to mitigate Return Oriented Programming (ROP)
+ and other attacks.
+ This option enables these instructions at EL0 (i.e. for userspace).
+ Choosing this option will cause the kernel to initialise secret keys
+ for each process at exec() time, with these keys being
+ context-switched along with the process.
+ The feature is detected at runtime. If the feature is not present in
+ hardware it will not be advertised to userspace nor will it be
+ enabled.
config ARM64_SVE
bool "ARM Scalable Vector Extension support"
default y
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