Re: RFC: introduce "K" flag for printf, similar to %pK

From: Joe Perches
Date: Mon Jan 24 2011 - 21:17:12 EST

On Mon, 2011-01-24 at 18:03 -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
> In the interests of hiding kernel addresses from userspace (without
> messing with file permissions), I want to use %pK for /proc/kallsyms and
> /proc/modules, but this results in changing several %x's to %p's. The
> primary side-effects is that some legitimately "0" value things in
> /proc/kallsyms turn into "(null)".
> For example in kernel/kallsyms.c:
> - seq_printf(m, "%0*lx %c %s\t[%s]\n",
> + seq_printf(m, "%0*pK %c %s\t[%s]\n",
> This results in /proc/kallsyms looking like this:
> (null) D irq_stack_union
> (null) D __per_cpu_start
> 0000000000004000 D gdt_page
> ...
> (Secondary effect is building with -Wformat results in harmless warnings
> "warning: '0' flag used with â%pâ gnu_printf format".)
> If, on the other hand, I introduce a printf flag "K" for numbers, the
> original behavior is left, and kernel/kallsyms.c changes like this:
> - seq_printf(m, "%0*lx %c %s\t[%s]\n",
> + seq_printf(m, "%K0*lx %c %s\t[%s]\n",

Another option would be to allow '0' for
kernel pointers.

Something like (copy/paste, won't apply):

diff --git a/lib/vsprintf.c b/lib/vsprintf.c
--- a/lib/vsprintf.c
+++ b/lib/vsprintf.c
@@ -991,7 +991,7 @@ static noinline_for_stack
char *pointer(const char *fmt, char *buf, char *end, void *ptr,
struct printf_spec spec)
- if (!ptr) {
+ if (!ptr && *fmt != 'K') {
* Print (null) with the same width as a pointer so it makes
* tabular output look nice.

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