Re: [PATCH] hpet, allow user controlled mmap for user processes

From: Prarit Bhargava
Date: Tue Mar 19 2013 - 10:21:56 EST

On 03/19/2013 03:43 AM, Clemens Ladisch wrote:
> Prarit Bhargava wrote:
>> The CONFIG_HPET_MMAP Kconfig option exposes the memory map of the HPET
>> registers to userspace. The Kconfig help points out that in some cases this
>> can be a security risk as some systems may erroneously configure the map such
>> that additional data is exposed to userspace.
>> This is a problem for distributions -- some users want the MMAP functionality
>> but it comes with a significant security risk. In an effort to mitigate this
>> risk, and due to the low number of users of the MMAP functionality, I've
>> introduced a kernel parameter, hpet_mmap_enable, that is required in order
>> to actually have the HPET MMAP exposed.
>> [v2]: Clemens suggested modifying the Kconfig help text and making the
>> default setting configurable.
>> Signed-off-by: Prarit Bhargava <prarit@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: Clemens Ladisch <clemens@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> +++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
>> + hpet_mmap_enable [X86, HPET_MMAP] option to expose HPET MMAP to
>> + userspace. By default this is disabled.
> This now takes a value.
>> + int "Enable HPET MMAP access by default"
>> + range 0 1
> Shouldn't this be bool?

I'll fix those in v3.

>> + default 0
> This breaks backwards compatibility.

Does backwards compatibility matter for something like? I have no problem
setting it to 1 but I'm more curious from a general kernel point of view.

I'll change this in v3 as well.



> Regards,
> Clemens
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