Re: 4.4-rc5: ugly warn on: 5 W+X pages found

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Mon Dec 14 2015 - 16:02:53 EST

On Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 12:26 PM, Pavel Machek <pavel@xxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi!
>> > I know. But either someone cares, and it should be fixes, or noone
>> > cares, and the check should be removed.
>> Someone cares, and it should be scheduled to be fixed for 4.5. The EFI
>> mapping changes that were required to avoid the warning were much too
>> big and late to make 4.4.
>> So for now, don't enable CONFIG_DEBUG_WX for now. Unless you want to
>> actively debug the EFI mapping changes, that is. Which I heartily
>> recommend people doing.
> Ok, good, except... This is thinkpad X60. Good old BIOS. It should
> have no EFI.
> pavel@duo:~$ dmesg | grep EFI
> pavel@duo:~$
> From the messages I got:
>> [ 3.285993] x86/mm: Found insecure W+X mapping at address
>> ffe69000/0xffe69000
> ---[ Persisent kmap() Area ]---
> 0xffc00000-0xffd28000 1184K pte
> 0xffd28000-0xffddd000 724K RW GLB NX pte
> 0xffddd000-0xffe69000 560K pte
> 0xffe69000-0xffe6e000 20K RW GLB x pte
> 0xffe6e000-0xffe6f000 4K pte
> ---[ Fixmap Area ]---
> That is not EFI, right?

That's weird. The only API to do that seems to be manually setting
kmap_prot to _PAGE_KERNEL_EXEC, and nothing does that. (Why is
kmap_prot a variable on x86 at all? It has exactly one writer, and
that's the code that initializes it in the first place. Shouldn't we
#define kmap_prot _PAGE_KERNEL?

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