[PATCH v5 00/18] khwasan: kernel hardware assisted address sanitizer

From: Andrey Konovalov
Date: Thu Aug 09 2018 - 15:21:23 EST

This patchset adds a new mode to KASAN [1], which is called KHWASAN
(Kernel HardWare assisted Address SANitizer).

The plan is to implement HWASan [2] for the kernel with the incentive,
that it's going to have comparable to KASAN performance, but in the same
time consume much less memory, trading that off for somewhat imprecise
bug detection and being supported only for arm64.

The overall idea of the approach used by KHWASAN is the following:

1. By using the Top Byte Ignore arm64 CPU feature, we can store pointer
tags in the top byte of each kernel pointer.

2. Using shadow memory, we can store memory tags for each chunk of kernel

3. On each memory allocation, we can generate a random tag, embed it into
the returned pointer and set the memory tags that correspond to this
chunk of memory to the same value.

4. By using compiler instrumentation, before each memory access we can add
a check that the pointer tag matches the tag of the memory that is being

5. On a tag mismatch we report an error.

[1] https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/dev-tools/kasan.html

[2] http://clang.llvm.org/docs/HardwareAssistedAddressSanitizerDesign.html

====== Rationale

On mobile devices KASAN's memory usage is significant problem. One of the
main reasons to have KWHASAN is to be able to perform a similar set of
checks that KASAN does, but with lower memory requirements.

Comment from Vishwath Mohan <vishwath@xxxxxxxxxx>:

I don't have data on-hand, but anecdotally both ASAN and KASAN have proven
problematic to enable for environments that don't tolerate the increased
memory pressure well. This includes,
(a) Low-memory form factors - Wear, TV, Things, lower-tier phones like Go,
(c) Connected components like Pixel's visual core [1].

These are both places I'd love to have a low(er) memory footprint option at
my disposal.

Comment from Evgenii Stepanov <eugenis@xxxxxxxxxx>:

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.

Not having this overhead enables near-production use - ex. running
KASAN/KHWASAN kernel on a personal, daily-use device to catch bugs that do
not reproduce in test configuration. These are the ones that often cost
the most engineering time to track down.

CPU overhead is bad, but generally tolerable. RAM is critical, in our
experience. Once it gets low enough, OOM-killer makes your life miserable.

[1] https://www.blog.google/products/pixel/pixel-visual-core-image-processing-and-machine-learning-pixel-2/

====== Technical details

KHWASAN is implemented in a very similar way to KASAN. This patchset
essentially does the following:

1. TCR_TBI1 is set to enable Top Byte Ignore.

2. Shadow memory is used (with a different scale, 1:16, so each shadow
byte corresponds to 16 bytes of kernel memory) to store memory tags.

3. All slab objects are aligned to shadow scale, which is 16 bytes.

4. All pointers returned from the slab allocator are tagged with a random
tag and the corresponding shadow memory is poisoned with the same value.

5. Compiler instrumentation is used to insert tag checks. Either by
calling callbacks or by inlining them (CONFIG_KASAN_OUTLINE and
CONFIG_KASAN_INLINE flags are reused).

6. When a tag mismatch is detected in callback instrumentation mode
KHWASAN simply prints a bug report. In case of inline instrumentation,
clang inserts a brk instruction, and KHWASAN has it's own brk handler,
which reports the bug.

7. The memory in between slab objects is marked with a reserved tag, and
acts as a redzone.

8. When a slab object is freed it's marked with a reserved tag.

Bug detection is imprecise for two reasons:

1. We won't catch some small out-of-bounds accesses, that fall into the
same shadow cell, as the last byte of a slab object.

2. We only have 1 byte to store tags, which means we have a 1/256
probability of a tag match for an incorrect access (actually even
slightly less due to reserved tag values).

Despite that there's a particular type of bugs that KHWASAN can detect
compared to KASAN: use-after-free after the object has been allocated by
someone else.

====== Benchmarks

The following numbers were collected on Odroid C2 board. Both KASAN and
KHWASAN were used in inline instrumentation mode.

Boot time [1]:
* ~1.7 sec for clean kernel
* ~5.0 sec for KASAN
* ~5.0 sec for KHWASAN

Network performance [2]:
* 8.33 Gbits/sec for clean kernel
* 3.17 Gbits/sec for KASAN
* 2.85 Gbits/sec for KHWASAN

Slab memory usage after boot [3]:
* ~40 kb for clean kernel
* ~105 kb (~260% overhead) for KASAN
* ~47 kb (~20% overhead) for KHWASAN

KASAN memory overhead consists of three main parts:
1. Increased slab memory usage due to redzones.
2. Shadow memory (the whole reserved once during boot).
3. Quaratine (grows gradually until some preset limit; the more the limit,
the more the chance to detect a use-after-free).

Comparing KWHASAN vs KASAN for each of these points:
1. 20% vs 260% overhead.
2. 1/16th vs 1/8th of physical memory.
3. KHWASAN doesn't require quarantine.

[1] Time before the ext4 driver is initialized.
[2] Measured as `iperf -s & iperf -c -t 30`.
[3] Measured as `cat /proc/meminfo | grep Slab`.

====== Some notes

A few notes:

1. The patchset can be found here:

2. Building requires a recent LLVM version (r330044 or later).

3. Stack instrumentation is not supported yet and will be added later.

====== Changes

Changes in v5:
- Rebased onto 1ffaddd029 (4.18-rc8).
- Preassign tags for objects from caches with constructors and
- Fix SLAB allocator support by untagging page->s_mem in
- Performed dynamic testing to find potential places where pointer tagging
might result in bugs [1].
- Clarified and fixed memory usage benchmarks in the cover letter.
- Added a rationale for having KHWASAN to the cover letter.

Changes in v4:
- Fixed SPDX comment style in mm/kasan/kasan.h.
- Fixed mm/kasan/kasan.h changes being included in a wrong patch.
- Swapped "khwasan, arm64: fix up fault handling logic" and "khwasan: add
tag related helper functions" patches order.
- Rebased onto 6f0d349d (4.18-rc2+).

Changes in v3:
- Minor documentation fixes.
- Fixed CFLAGS variable name in KASAN makefile.
- Added a "SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0" line to all source files
under mm/kasan.
- Rebased onto 81e97f013 (4.18-rc1+).

Changes in v2:
- Changed kmalloc_large_node_hook to return tagged pointer instead of
using an output argument.
- Fix checking whether -fsanitize=hwaddress is supported by the compiler.
- Removed duplication of -fno-builtin for KASAN and KHWASAN.
- Removed {} block for one line for_each_possible_cpu loop.
- Made set_track() static inline as it is used only in common.c.
- Moved optimal_redzone() to common.c.
- Fixed using tagged pointer for shadow calculation in
- Restored setting cache->align in kasan_cache_create(), which was
accidentally lost.
- Simplified __kasan_slab_free(), kasan_alloc_pages() and kasan_kmalloc().
- Removed tagging from kasan_kmalloc_large().
- Added page_kasan_tag_reset() to kasan_poison_slab() and removed
!PageSlab() check from page_to_virt.
- Reset pointer tag in _virt_addr_is_linear.
- Set page tag for each page when multiple pages are allocated or freed.
- Added a comment as to why we ignore cma allocated pages.

Changes in v1:
- Rebased onto 4.17-rc4.
- Updated benchmarking stats.
- Documented compiler version requirements, memory usage and slowdown.
- Dropped kvm patches, as clang + arm64 + kvm is completely broken [1].

Changes in RFC v3:
- Switch to -fsanitize=kernel-hwaddress instead of -fsanitize=hwaddress.
- Removed unnecessary excessive shadow initialization.
- Removed khwasan_enabled flag (itâs not needed since KHWASAN is
initialized before any slab caches are used).
- Split out kasan_report.c and khwasan_report.c from report.c.
- Moved more common KASAN and KHWASAN functions to common.c.
- Added tagging to pagealloc.
- Rebased onto 4.17-rc1.
- Temporarily dropped patch that adds kvm support (arm64 + kvm + clang
combo is broken right now [2]).

Changes in RFC v2:
- Removed explicit casts to u8 * for kasan_mem_to_shadow() calls.
- Introduced KASAN_TCR_FLAGS for setting the TCR_TBI1 flag.
- Added a comment regarding the non-atomic RMW sequence in
- Made all tag related functions accept const void *.
- Untagged pointers in __kimg_to_phys, which is used by virt_to_phys.
- Untagged pointers in show_ptr in fault handling logic.
- Untagged pointers passed to KVM.
- Added two reserved tag values: 0xFF and 0xFE.
- Used the reserved tag 0xFF to disable validity checking (to resolve the
issue with pointer tag being lost after page_address + kmap usage).
- Used the reserved tag 0xFE to mark redzones and freed objects.
- Added mnemonics for esr manipulation in KHWASAN brk handler.
- Added a comment about the -recover flag.
- Some minor cleanups and fixes.
- Rebased onto 3215b9d5 (4.16-rc6+).
- Tested on real hardware (Odroid C2 board).
- Added better benchmarks.

[1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/7/18/765
[2] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/4/19/775

Andrey Konovalov (18):
khwasan, mm: change kasan hooks signatures
khwasan: move common kasan and khwasan code to common.c
khwasan, arm64: adjust shadow size for CONFIG_KASAN_HW
khwasan: initialize shadow to 0xff
khwasan, arm64: untag virt address in __kimg_to_phys and
khwasan: add tag related helper functions
khwasan: preassign tags to objects with ctors or SLAB_TYPESAFE_BY_RCU
khwasan, arm64: fix up fault handling logic
khwasan, arm64: enable top byte ignore for the kernel
khwasan, mm: perform untagged pointers comparison in krealloc
khwasan: split out kasan_report.c from report.c
khwasan: add bug reporting routines
khwasan: add hooks implementation
khwasan, arm64: add brk handler for inline instrumentation
khwasan, mm, arm64: tag non slab memory allocated via pagealloc
khwasan: update kasan documentation
kasan: add SPDX-License-Identifier mark to source files

Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst | 213 ++++----
arch/arm64/Kconfig | 1 +
arch/arm64/Makefile | 2 +-
arch/arm64/include/asm/brk-imm.h | 2 +
arch/arm64/include/asm/memory.h | 41 +-
arch/arm64/include/asm/pgtable-hwdef.h | 1 +
arch/arm64/kernel/traps.c | 69 ++-
arch/arm64/mm/fault.c | 3 +
arch/arm64/mm/kasan_init.c | 18 +-
arch/arm64/mm/proc.S | 8 +-
include/linux/compiler-clang.h | 5 +-
include/linux/compiler-gcc.h | 4 +
include/linux/compiler.h | 3 +-
include/linux/kasan.h | 90 +++-
include/linux/mm.h | 29 ++
include/linux/page-flags-layout.h | 10 +
lib/Kconfig.kasan | 77 ++-
mm/cma.c | 11 +
mm/kasan/Makefile | 9 +-
mm/kasan/common.c | 663 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
mm/kasan/kasan.c | 565 +--------------------
mm/kasan/kasan.h | 85 +++-
mm/kasan/kasan_init.c | 1 +
mm/kasan/kasan_report.c | 156 ++++++
mm/kasan/khwasan.c | 181 +++++++
mm/kasan/khwasan_report.c | 61 +++
mm/kasan/quarantine.c | 1 +
mm/kasan/report.c | 272 +++-------
mm/page_alloc.c | 1 +
mm/slab.c | 18 +-
mm/slab.h | 2 +-
mm/slab_common.c | 6 +-
mm/slub.c | 21 +-
scripts/Makefile.kasan | 27 +-
34 files changed, 1736 insertions(+), 920 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 mm/kasan/common.c
create mode 100644 mm/kasan/kasan_report.c
create mode 100644 mm/kasan/khwasan.c
create mode 100644 mm/kasan/khwasan_report.c