Re: [PATCH v2] kasan: Support for r/w instrumentation control

From: Andrey Ryabinin
Date: Tue Dec 13 2016 - 08:59:18 EST

On 12/13/2016 12:38 PM, Dmitry Vyukov wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 10:20 AM, Andrey Ryabinin
> <aryabinin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 12/13/2016 11:58 AM, Dmitry Vyukov wrote:
>>> --- a/Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst
>>> +++ b/Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst
>>> @@ -40,6 +40,14 @@ similar to the following to the respective kernel Makefile:
>>> +Sometimes it may be useful to disable instrumentation of reads, or writes
>>> +or both for the entire kernel. For example, if binary size is a concern,
>>> +it may be useful to disable instrumentation of reads to reduce binary size but
>>> +still catch more harmful bugs on writes. Or, if one is interested only in
>>> +sanitization of a particular module and performance is a concern, she can
>>> +disable instrumentation of both reads and writes for kernel code.
>>> +Instrumentation can be disabled with CONFIG_KASAN_READS and
>>> +
>> I don't understand this. How this can be related to modules? Configs are global.
>> You can't just disable/enable config per module.
> Build everything without instrumentation. Then enable instrumentation
> and do "make lib/test_kasan.ko".
> Or build everything, copy out bzImage, change config, build everything again.

Yeah, this is soooooo convenient...

Seriously speaking, per-file instrumentation is absolutely irrelevant to this patch and should have been
addressed from a different angle. E.g. see how UBSAN/GCOV/KCOV do that.

As for this patch, I'd say only one option would be enough - KASAN_DONT_SANITIZE_READS.
Nobody wants to sanitize only reads without writes, right? Writes are fewer and more dangerous.