Re: [PATCH] kernel: sys.c: Avoid copying possible padding bytes in copy_to_user

From: Kees Cook
Date: Mon Oct 28 2019 - 14:58:39 EST

On Sun, Oct 27, 2019 at 03:47:21PM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> I think yes as at least it makes it consistent.
> From the link above, as I understand the __user
> gcc extension here
> gcc does not clear padding from initialized structs
> marked with __user.

It seems to depend on how complete the initialization is and/or how
large the structure is. AFAICT, based on the tests I wrote[1], if
CONFIG_GCC_PLUGIN_STRUCTLEAK_BYREF (or ..._ALL) are used, even padding
will get initialized as long as things are in memory. (And the same is
true with Clang under CONFIG_INIT_STACK_ALL.)

> Though that doesn't force the compiler to not
> perform the possible register optimization shown
> in the first document above.

Right. This is the only case where things aren't clear. I haven't been
able to build a test where "store in registers" behavior is tripped.



Kees Cook