Re: [kernel-hardening] Re: [PATCH] x86: make IDT read-only

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Wed Apr 10 2013 - 05:41:47 EST

* Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > That's the area in which we just map 1:1 to memory. Anything allocated with
> > e.g. kmalloc() ends up with those addresses.
> Ah-ha! Yes, I see now when comparing the debug/kernel_page_tables reports. It's
> just the High Kernel Mapping that we care about. Addresses outside that range
> are less of a leak. Excellent, then GDT may not be a problem. Whew.

It's still an infoleak to worry about: any function pointers nearby matter, and
the x86 GDT is obviously full of useful and highly privilege-relevant function
pointers ...

I have no objections against read-only mapping the GDT as well.


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