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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/11 v3] x86: load FPU registers on return to userland
On 2018-10-04 12:45:08 [-0400], Rik van Riel wrote:
> Wait, so any thread can bypass its memory protection
> keys, even if there is a seccomp filter preventing
> it from calling the PKRU syscalls?

We have SYS_pkey_alloc +free and SYS_pkey_mprotect. For read/ write of
the register value, libc is using and opcodes.

> Is that intended?

Either that or it ended like that because someone failed to attend a
meeting where this was discussed. Here is something from pkeys(7):

| Protection keys have the potential to add a layer of security and
| reliability to applications. But they have not been primarily designed as a
| security feature. For instance, WRPKRU is a completely unprivileged
| instruction, so pkeys are useless in any case that an attacker controls the
| PKRU register or can execute arbitrary instructions.

Sebastian

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