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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] rslib: Remove VLAs by setting upper bound on nroots
On Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:59:19 -0700 Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:

> Avoid stack VLAs[1] by always allocating the upper bound of stack space
> needed. The existing users of rslib appear to max out at 24 roots[2],
> so use that as the upper bound until we have a reason to change it.
>
> Alternative considered: make init_rs() a true caller-instance and
> pre-allocate the workspaces. This would possibly need locking and
> a refactoring of the returned structure.
>
> Using kmalloc in this path doesn't look great, especially since at
> least one caller (pstore) is sensitive to allocations during rslib
> usage (it expects to run it during an Oops, for example).
>
> [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/3/7/621
> [2] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/3/9/838

Yeah, email [2] is rather important. This patch is a bit of a pig to
review!

The restriction to 24 roots might be a significant one, dunno. Perhaps
we should just kmalloc these things?

Otherwise, RS_MAX_ROOTS becomes part of the rs interface and should be
documented and published in rslib.h?

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