Re: [PATCH v2 04/10] mm, kfence: insert KFENCE hooks for SLAB

From: Alexander Potapenko
Date: Thu Sep 17 2020 - 05:48:38 EST

> > static __always_inline void *
> > -slab_alloc_node(struct kmem_cache *cachep, gfp_t flags, int nodeid,
> > +slab_alloc_node(struct kmem_cache *cachep, gfp_t flags, int nodeid, size_t orig_size,
> > unsigned long caller)
> > {
> The size of the object is available via a field in kmem_cache. And a
> pointer to the current kmem_cache is already passed to the function. Why
> is there a need to add an additional parameter?

That's because we want to do our best detecting bugs on
kmalloc-allocated objects.
kmalloc is using size classes, so e.g. when allocating 272 bytes the
object will be padded to 512.
As a result, placing that object at the end of the page won't really
help to detect out-of-bound accesses that are off by less than 270

We probably need to better clarify this in the patch description.

Alexander Potapenko
Software Engineer

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