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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/10] Control Flow Enforcement - Part (3)
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On Mon, 2018-06-18 at 14:44 -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 8:16 PM Balbir Singh <bsingharora@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, 2018-06-14 at 07:56 -0700, Yu-cheng Yu wrote:
> > > On Thu, 2018-06-14 at 11:07 +1000, Balbir Singh wrote:
> > > > On Tue, 2018-06-12 at 08:03 -0700, Yu-cheng Yu wrote:
> > > > > On Tue, 2018-06-12 at 20:56 +1000, Balbir Singh wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On 08/06/18 00:37, Yu-cheng Yu wrote:
> > > > > > > This series introduces CET - Shadow stack
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > At the high level, shadow stack is:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Allocated from a task's address space with vm_flags VM_SHSTK;
> > > > > > > Its PTEs must be read-only and dirty;
> > > > > > > Fixed sized, but the default size can be changed by sys admin.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > For a forked child, the shadow stack is duplicated when the next
> > > > > > > shadow stack access takes place.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > For a pthread child, a new shadow stack is allocated.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > The signal handler uses the same shadow stack as the main program.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Even with sigaltstack()?
> > > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Yes.
> > > >
> > > > I am not convinced that it would work, as we switch stacks, oveflow might
> > > > be an issue. I also forgot to bring up setcontext(2), I presume those
> > > > will get new shadow stacks
> > >
> > > Do you mean signal stack/sigaltstack overflow or swapcontext in a signal
> > > handler?
> > >
> >
> > I meant any combination of that. If there is a user space threads implementation that uses sigaltstack for switching threads
> >
>
> Anyone who does that is nuts. The whole point of user space threads
> is speed, and signals are very slow. For userspace threads to work,
> we need an API to allocate new shadow stacks, and we need to use the
> extremely awkwardly defined RSTORSSP stuff to switch. (I assume this
> is possible on an ISA level. The docs are bad, and the mnemonics for
> the relevant instructions are nonsensical.)

The whole point was to ensure we don't break applications/code that work
today. I think as long as there is a shadow stack allocated corresponding
to the user space stack and we can Restore SSP as we switch things should be
fine.

Balbir Singh.

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