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SubjectRe: [PATCH] arm/kasan:fix the arry size of kasan_early_shadow_pte
On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 5:51 AM Hailong liu <> wrote:

> From: Hailong Liu <>
> The size of kasan_early_shadow_pte[] now is PTRS_PER_PTE which defined to
> 512 for arm architecture. This means that it only covers the prev Linux pte
> entries, but not the HWTABLE pte entries for arm.
> The reason it works well current is that the symbol kasan_early_shadow_page
> immediately following kasan_early_shadow_pte in memory is page aligned,
> which makes kasan_early_shadow_pte look like a 4KB size array. But we can't
> ensure the order always right with different compiler/linker, nor more bss
> symbols be introduced.
> We had a test with QEMU + vexpress:put a 512KB-size symbol with attribute
> __section(".bss..page_aligned") after kasan_early_shadow_pte, and poison it
> after kasan_early_init(). Then enabled CONFIG_KASAN, it failed to boot up.
> Signed-off-by: Hailong Liu <>
> Signed-off-by: Ziliang Guo <>

OK I see the problem, I think.

> +#define PTE_HWTABLE_PTRS 0
> +#endif

Can this even happen? We have either pgtable-2level.h or
pgtable-3level.h, both of which define PTE_HWTABLE_PTRS.

> extern unsigned char kasan_early_shadow_page[PAGE_SIZE];
> -extern pte_t kasan_early_shadow_pte[PTRS_PER_PTE];
> +extern pte_t kasan_early_shadow_pte[PTRS_PER_PTE + PTE_HWTABLE_PTRS];

Yeah this looks exactly like bm_pte so it makes sense.

If you drop the first ifndef,
Reviewed-by: Linus Walleij <>

Linus Walleij

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