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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 seccomp 1/6] seccomp: Move config option SECCOMP to arch/Kconfig
Hi Yifei,

On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 2:48 PM YiFei Zhu <> wrote:
> From: YiFei Zhu <>
> In order to make adding configurable features into seccomp
> easier, it's better to have the options at one single location,
> considering easpecially that the bulk of seccomp code is
> arch-independent. An quick look also show that many SECCOMP
> descriptions are outdated; they talk about /proc rather than
> prctl.
> As a result of moving the config option and keeping it default
> on, architectures arm, arm64, csky, riscv, sh, and xtensa
> did not have SECCOMP on by default prior to this and SECCOMP will
> be default in this change.
> Architectures microblaze, mips, powerpc, s390, sh, and sparc
> have an outdated depend on PROC_FS and this dependency is removed
> in this change.
> Suggested-by: Jann Horn <>
> Link:
> Signed-off-by: YiFei Zhu <>

Thanks for your patch. which is now commit 282a181b1a0d66de ("seccomp:
Move config option SECCOMP to arch/Kconfig") in v5.10-rc1.

> --- a/arch/Kconfig
> +++ b/arch/Kconfig
> @@ -458,6 +462,23 @@ config HAVE_ARCH_SECCOMP_FILTER
> results in the system call being skipped immediately.
> - seccomp syscall wired up
> +config SECCOMP
> + def_bool y
> + depends on HAVE_ARCH_SECCOMP
> + prompt "Enable seccomp to safely compute untrusted bytecode"
> + help
> + This kernel feature is useful for number crunching applications
> + that may need to compute untrusted bytecode during their
> + execution. By using pipes or other transports made available to
> + the process as file descriptors supporting the read/write
> + syscalls, it's possible to isolate those applications in
> + their own address space using seccomp. Once seccomp is
> + enabled via prctl(PR_SET_SECCOMP), it cannot be disabled
> + and the task is only allowed to execute a few safe syscalls
> + defined by each seccomp mode.
> +
> + If unsure, say Y. Only embedded should say N here.
> +

Please tell me why SECCOMP is special, and deserves to default to be
enabled. Is it really that critical, given only 13.5 (half of sparc
;-) out of 24
architectures implement support for it?




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