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SubjectRe: [PATCH 09/14] arm64: ssbd: Introduce thread flag to control userspace mitigation
On 24/05/18 13:01, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Tue, May 22, 2018 at 04:06:43PM +0100, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> In order to allow userspace to be mitigated on demand, let's
>> introduce a new thread flag that prevents the mitigation from
>> being turned off when exiting to userspace, and doesn't turn
>> it on on entry into the kernel (with the assumtion that the
> Nit: s/assumtion/assumption/
>> mitigation is always enabled in the kernel itself).
>> This will be used by a prctl interface introduced in a later
>> patch.
>> Signed-off-by: Marc Zyngier <>
> On the assumption that this flag cannot be flipped while a task is in
> userspace:

Well, that's the case unless you get into the seccomp thing, which does
change TIF_SSBD on all threads of the task, without taking it to the
kernel first. That nicely breaks the state machine, and you end-up
running non-mitigated in the kernel. Oops.

I have a couple of patches fixing that, using a second flag
(TIF_SSBD_PENDING) that gets turned into the real thing on exit to
userspace. It's pretty ugly though.


Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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