Re: [PATCH] mtd: cfi: convert inline functions to macros

From: Marek Vasut
Date: Mon Dec 18 2017 - 04:20:07 EST

On 12/18/2017 10:16 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 9:34 PM, Richard Weinberger <richard@xxxxxx> wrote:
>> Am Mittwoch, 11. Oktober 2017, 15:54:10 CET schrieb Arnd Bergmann:
>>> The map_word_() functions, dating back to linux-2.6.8, try to perform
>>> bitwise operations on a 'map_word' structure. This may have worked
>>> with compilers that were current then (gcc-3.4 or earlier), but end
>>> up being rather inefficient on any version I could try now (gcc-4.4 or
>>> higher). Specifically we hit a problem analyzed in gcc PR81715 where we
>>> fail to reuse the stack space for local variables.
>>> This can be seen immediately in the stack consumption for
>>> cfi_staa_erase_varsize() and other functions that (with CONFIG_KASAN)
>>> can be up to 2200 bytes. Changing the inline functions into macros brings
>>> this down to 1280 bytes. Without KASAN, the same problem exists, but
>>> the stack consumption is lower to start with, my patch shrinks it from
>>> 920 to 496 bytes on with arm-linux-gnueabi-gcc-5.4, and saves around
>>> 1KB in .text size for cfi_cmdset_0020.c, as it avoids copying map_word
>>> structures for each call to one of these helpers.
>>> With the latest gcc-8 snapshot, the problem is fixed in upstream gcc,
>>> but nobody uses that yet, so we should still work around it in mainline
>>> kernels and probably backport the workaround to stable kernels as well.
>>> We had a couple of other functions that suffered from the same gcc bug,
>>> and all of those had a simpler workaround involving dummy variables
>>> in the inline function. Unfortunately that did not work here, the
>>> macro hack was the best I could come up with.
>>> It would also be helpful to have someone to a little performance testing
>>> on the patch, to see how much it helps in terms of CPU utilitzation.
>>> Link:
>>> Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>
>> Acked-by: Richard Weinberger <richard@xxxxxx>
> Thanks!
>> Marek, I know you are not super happy with this patch but IMHO this is the
>> solution with the least hassle.
>> While functions offer better type checking I think this functions are trivial
>> enough to exist as macros too.
>> Also forcing users to upgrade/fix their compilers is only possible in a
>> perfect world.
> Right. To clarify, this is a potential security issue, as it might be used to
> construct a stack overflow to cause privilege escalation when combined
> with some other vulnerabilities. I'd definitely want this backported to
> stable kernels as a precaution, and I'm preparing a patch to warn
> about this kind of problem again in 'allmodconfig' kernels that
> currently disable the warning on arm64 and x86.

Wouldn't it make more sense to fix the compiler instead ?
This still feels like we're fixing a bug at the wrong place ...

Best regards,
Marek Vasut