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SubjectRe: [PATCH RESEND 1/4] uaccess: Add user_read_access_begin/end and user_write_access_begin/end
On Fri, Apr 03, 2020 at 12:26:10PM +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 03, 2020 at 01:58:31AM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 02, 2020 at 11:35:57AM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> > > Yup, I think it's a weakness of the ARM implementation and I'd like to
> > > not extend it further. AFAIK we should never nest, but I would not be
> > > surprised at all if we did.
> > >
> > > If we were looking at a design goal for all architectures, I'd like
> > > to be doing what the public PaX patchset did for their memory access
> > > switching, which is to alarm if calling into "enable" found the access
> > > already enabled, etc. Such a condition would show an unexpected nesting
> > > (like we've seen with similar constructs with set_fs() not getting reset
> > > during an exception handler, etc etc).
> >
> > FWIW, maybe I'm misreading the ARM uaccess logics, but... it smells like
> > KERNEL_DS is somewhat more dangerous there than on e.g. x86.
> >
> > Look: with CONFIG_CPU_DOMAINS, set_fs(KERNEL_DS) tells MMU to ignore
> > per-page permission bits in DOMAIN_KERNEL (i.e. for kernel address
> > ranges), allowing them even if they would normally be denied. We need
> > that for actual uaccess loads/stores, since those use insns that pretend
> > to be done in user mode and we want them to access the kernel pages.
> > But that affects the normal loads/stores as well; unless I'm misreading
> > that code, it will ignore (supervisor) r/o on a page. And that's not
> > just for the code inside the uaccess blocks; *everything* done under
> > KERNEL_DS is subject to that.
>
> That's correct. Luckily this only affects ARMv5 and earlier. From ARMv6
> onwards, CONFIG_CPU_USE_DOMAINS is no longer selected and the uaccess
> instructions are just plain ldr/str.
>
> Russell should know the details on whether there was much choice. Since
> the kernel was living in the linear map with full rwx permissions, the
> KERNEL_DS overriding was probably not a concern and the ldrt/strt for
> uaccess deemed more secure. We also have weird permission setting
> pre-ARMv6 (or rather v6k) where RO user pages are writable from the
> kernel with standard str instructions (breaking CoW). I don't recall
> whether it was a choice made by the kernel or something the architecture
> enforced. The vectors page has to be kernel writable (and user RO) to
> store the TLS value in the absence of a TLS register but maybe we could
> do this via the linear alias together with the appropriate cache
> maintenance.
>
> From ARMv6, the domain overriding had the side-effect of ignoring the XN
> bit and causing random instruction fetches from ioremap() areas. So we
> had to remove the domain switching. We also gained a dedicated TLS
> register.

Indeed. On pre-ARMv6, we have the following choices for protection
attributes:

Page tables Control Reg Privileged User
AP S,R permission permission
00 0,0 No access No access
00 1,0 Read-only No access
00 0,1 Read-only Read-only
00 1,1 Unpredictable Unpredictable
01 X,X Read/Write No access
10 X,X Read/Write Read-only
11 X,X Read/Write Read/Write

We use S,R=1,0 under Linux because this allows us to read-protect
kernel pages without making them visible to userspace. If we
changed to S,R=0,1, then we could have our read-only permissions
for both kernel and userspace, drop domain switching, and use the
plain LDR/STR instructions, but we then lose the ability to
write-protect module executable code and other parts of kernel
space without making them visible to userspace.

So, it essentially boils down to making a choice - which set of
security features we think are the most important.

> I think uaccess_enable() could indeed switch the kernel domain if
> KERNEL_DS is set and move this out of set_fs(). It would reduce the
> window the kernel domain permissions are overridden. Anyway,
> uaccess_enable() appeared much later on arm when Russell introduced PAN
> (SMAP) like support by switching the user domain.

Yes, that would be a possibility. Another possibility would be to
eliminate as much usage of KERNEL_DS as possible - I've just found
one instance in sys_oabi-compat.c that can be eliminated (epoll_ctl)
but there's several there that can't with the current code structure,
and re-coding the contents of some fs/* functions to work around that
is a very bad idea. If there's some scope for rejigging some of the
fs/* code, it may be possible to elimate some other cases in there.

I notice that the fs/* code seems like some of the last remaining
users of KERNEL_DS, although I suspect that some aren't possible to
eliminate. :(

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