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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 01/10] mm: add Kernel Electric-Fence infrastructure
On Thu, 10 Sep 2020 at 16:58, Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov@google.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Sep 7, 2020 at 3:41 PM Marco Elver <elver@google.com> wrote:
> > +config KFENCE_NUM_OBJECTS
> > + int "Number of guarded objects available"
> > + default 255
> > + range 1 65535
> > + help
> > + The number of guarded objects available. For each KFENCE object, 2
> > + pages are required; with one containing the object and two adjacent
> > + ones used as guard pages.
>
> Hi Marco,
>
> Wonder if you tested build/boot with KFENCE_NUM_OBJECTS=65535? Can a
> compiler create such a large object?

Indeed, I get a "ld: kernel image bigger than KERNEL_IMAGE_SIZE".
Let's lower it to something more reasonable.

The main reason to have the limit is to constrain random configs and
avoid the inevitable error reports.

> > +config KFENCE_FAULT_INJECTION
> > + int "Fault injection for stress testing"
> > + default 0
> > + depends on EXPERT
> > + help
> > + The inverse probability with which to randomly protect KFENCE object
> > + pages, resulting in spurious use-after-frees. The main purpose of
> > + this option is to stress-test KFENCE with concurrent error reports
> > + and allocations/frees. A value of 0 disables fault injection.
>
> I would name this differently. "FAULT_INJECTION" is already taken for
> a different thing, so it's a bit confusing.
> KFENCE_DEBUG_SOMETHING may be a better name.
> It would also be good to make it very clear in the short description
> that this is for testing of KFENCE itself. When I configure syzbot I
> routinely can't figure out if various DEBUG configs detect user
> errors, or enable additional unit tests, or something else.

Makes sense, we'll change the name.

> Maybe it should depend on DEBUG_KERNEL as well?

EXPERT selects DEBUG_KERNEL, so depending on DEBUG_KERNEL doesn't make sense.

> > +/*
> > + * Get the canary byte pattern for @addr. Use a pattern that varies based on the
> > + * lower 3 bits of the address, to detect memory corruptions with higher
> > + * probability, where similar constants are used.
> > + */
> > +#define KFENCE_CANARY_PATTERN(addr) ((u8)0xaa ^ (u8)((unsigned long)addr & 0x7))
>
> (addr) in macro body

Done for v2.

> > + seq_con_printf(seq,
> > + "kfence-#%zd [0x" PTR_FMT "-0x" PTR_FMT
>
> PTR_FMT is only used in this file, should it be declared in report.c?

It's also used by the test.

> Please post example reports somewhere. It's hard to figure out all
> details of the reporting/formatting.

They can be seen in Documentation added later in the series (also
viewable here: https://github.com/google/kasan/blob/kfence/Documentation/dev-tools/kfence.rst)

Thank you!

-- Marco

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