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SubjectRe: [5.2 REGRESSION] Generic vDSO breaks seccomp-enabled userspace on i386
On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 01:40:13PM -0400, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> > On Jul 19, 2019, at 1:03 PM, Sean Christopherson <> wrote:
> >
> > The generic vDSO implementation, starting with commit
> >
> > 7ac870747988 ("x86/vdso: Switch to generic vDSO implementation")
> >
> > breaks seccomp-enabled userspace on 32-bit x86 (i386) kernels. Prior to
> > the generic implementation, the x86 vDSO used identical code for both
> > x86_64 and i386 kernels, which worked because it did all calcuations using
> > structs with naturally sized variables, i.e. didn't use __kernel_timespec.
> >
> > The generic vDSO does its internal calculations using __kernel_timespec,
> > which in turn requires the i386 fallback syscall to use the 64-bit
> > variation, __NR_clock_gettime64.
> This is basically doomed to break eventually, right?

Just so I'm understanding: the vDSO change introduced code to make an
actual syscall on i386, which for most seccomp filters would be rejected?

> I’ve occasionally considered adding a concept of “seccomp aliases”. The idea is that, if a filter returns anything other than ALLOW, we re-run it with a different nr that we dig out it a small list of such cases. This would be limited to cases where the new syscall does the same thing with the same arguments.

Would that help here? The kernel just sees this a direct syscall. I
guess it could whitelist it by checking the return address?

> I want this for restart_syscall: I want to renumber it.

Oh man, don't get me started on restart_syscall. Some architectures make
it invisible to seccomp and others don't. ugh.

Kees Cook

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