Re: [PATCH] Revert "Revert "kdump, vmcoreinfo: report memory sections virtual addresses""
From: Thomas Garnier
Date: Thu Dec 15 2016 - 14:45:17 EST
On Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 10:16 AM, Thomas Garnier <thgarnie@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 9:50 AM, Eric W. Biederman
> <ebiederm@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Thomas Garnier <thgarnie@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> This reverts commit 49fd897573c97b0eaf10f47d850027d78c456cd7.
>>> Reverting back to commit 0549a3c because the values are used by crash
>>> and other tools already. I expected this commit would not go through given
>>> the unresolved comments. I want it to be easy to resolve major memory
>>> section positions when KASLR memory randomization is enabled.
>> This patch is broken. The commit referenced is wrong,
> Yes, I based them on linux-next. I can update them to linux main tree.
> Sorry about that.
>> as is the justification.
>> These values are not in fact widely used by userspace (they are brand new).
> They were new and got through to the master tree before and on 4.9. I
> didn't get any feedback on that when it went through.
>> This is a very fragile approach relying on kernel implementation
>> details, so if we can do anything else that is more robust it
>> is much more likely to pass the test of time.
>> And yes a more robust implementation has been already discussed.
> There were discussed for the PAGE_OFFSET but not VMALLOC_START. What's
> your approach for it?
Also with improvement on KASLR memory randomization, I don't think we
should assume memory sections by looking at PT_LOAD first entries. We
will certainly try to randomize the order. That's why I thought
clearly indicating which VA define which memory section was a good
I also want to find a time proof approach where we can use it no
matter the changes to KASLR.
>> Nacked-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Signed-off-by: Thomas Garnier <thgarnie@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>> arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c | 3 +++
>>> include/linux/kexec.h | 6 ++++++
>>> 2 files changed, 9 insertions(+)
>>> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c b/arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c
>>> index 2e3c34b..05f3367 100644
>>> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c
>>> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c
>>> @@ -339,6 +339,9 @@ void arch_crash_save_vmcoreinfo(void)
>>> + VMCOREINFO_PAGE_OFFSET(PAGE_OFFSET);
>>> + VMCOREINFO_VMALLOC_START(VMALLOC_START);
>>> + VMCOREINFO_VMEMMAP_START(VMEMMAP_START);
>>> /* arch-dependent functionality related to kexec file-based syscall */
>>> diff --git a/include/linux/kexec.h b/include/linux/kexec.h
>>> index e98e546..ff9c876 100644
>>> --- a/include/linux/kexec.h
>>> +++ b/include/linux/kexec.h
>>> @@ -285,6 +285,12 @@ phys_addr_t paddr_vmcoreinfo_note(void);
>>> vmcoreinfo_append_str("CONFIG_%s=y\n", #name)
>>> #define VMCOREINFO_PHYS_BASE(value) \
>>> vmcoreinfo_append_str("PHYS_BASE=%lx\n", (unsigned long)value)
>>> +#define VMCOREINFO_PAGE_OFFSET(value) \
>>> + vmcoreinfo_append_str("PAGE_OFFSET=%lx\n", (unsigned long)value)
>>> +#define VMCOREINFO_VMALLOC_START(value) \
>>> + vmcoreinfo_append_str("VMALLOC_START=%lx\n", (unsigned long)value)
>>> +#define VMCOREINFO_VMEMMAP_START(value) \
>>> + vmcoreinfo_append_str("VMEMMAP_START=%lx\n", (unsigned long)value)
>>> extern struct kimage *kexec_image;
>>> extern struct kimage *kexec_crash_image;