Re: [PATCH] sgi-xp: use designated initializers
From: Kees Cook
Date: Sat May 06 2017 - 03:16:17 EST
On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 1:48 PM, Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 3:19 PM, Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 8:24 AM, Robin Holt <robinmholt@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 7:01 PM, Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> Prepare to mark sensitive kernel structures for randomization by making
>>>> sure they're using designated initializers. These were identified during
>>>> allyesconfig builds of x86, arm, and arm64, with most initializer fixes
>>>> extracted from grsecurity.
>>> I guess I don't understand the context enough here to give you a
>>> Signed-off-by. Can you give us more background on this randomization?
>> Sure thing! The randomization is on the order of function pointers in
>> all-pointer structures (like struct xpc_interface). As long as the
>> memory containing the structure isn't shared externally, this
>> randomization should have no operational effect. The reason explicit
>> no-op functions were added was to avoid ugly casts, etc.
> Friendly ping ... any chance this can land in -next soon?
>>> From what I see in the code here, I can see you are providing
>>> equivalent functionality and I would give it a signed-off-by, but I am
>>> not sure this randomization of which you speak is not going to cause
>>> problems for XP, XPC, XPNET, and XPMEM (out of tree GPL kernel
>> Ah, hm, does this module share the structure without being built
>> against the kernel? (If built with the kernel, the randomization
>> plugin will keep things in the right order.)
> Regardless of your answer, this randomization can be turned off.
> Switching to designated initializers here is mainly just a clean up.
Any thoughts on this? I'd love to get this landed, and I'm happy to
carry the patch myself, if it helps. Anyone able to Ack?