Re: [PATCH v4 00/17] khwasan: kernel hardware assisted address sanitizer
From: Andrew Morton
Date: Mon Jul 02 2018 - 15:21:24 EST
On Mon, 2 Jul 2018 12:16:42 -0700 Evgenii Stepanov <eugenis@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 7:41 PM, Andrew Morton
> <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:45:08 +0200 Andrey Konovalov <andreyknvl@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> >> What kind of memory consumption testing would you like to see?
> >> >
> >> > Well, 100kb or so is a teeny amount on virtually any machine. I'm
> >> > assuming the savings are (much) more significant once the machine gets
> >> > loaded up and doing work?
> >> So with clean kernel after boot we get 40 kb memory usage. With KASAN
> >> it is ~120 kb, which is 200% overhead. With KHWASAN it's 50 kb, which
> >> is 25% overhead. This should approximately scale to any amounts of
> >> used slab memory. For example with 100 mb memory usage we would get
> >> +200 mb for KASAN and +25 mb with KHWASAN. (And KASAN also requires
> >> quarantine for better use-after-free detection). I can explicitly
> >> mention the overhead in %s in the changelog.
> >> If you think it makes sense, I can also make separate measurements
> >> with some workload. What kind of workload should I use?
> > Whatever workload people were running when they encountered problems
> > with KASAN memory consumption ;)
> > I dunno, something simple. `find / > /dev/null'?
> Looking at a live Android device under load, slab (according to
> /proc/meminfo) + kernel stack take 8-10% available RAM (~350MB).
> Kasan's overhead of 2x - 3x on top of it is not insignificant.
(top-posting repaired. Please don't)
For a debugging, not-for-production-use feature, that overhead sounds
quite acceptable to me. What problems is it known to cause?