Re: [PATCH] x86/mm: Disable W^X detection and enforcement on 32-bit
From: Pavel Machek
Date: Sun Oct 02 2022 - 06:34:12 EST
> The 32-bit code is in a weird spot. Some 32-bit builds (non-PAE) do not
> even have NX support. Even PAE builds that support NX have to contend
> with things like EFI data and code mixed in the same pages where W+X
> is unavoidable.
> The folks still running X86_32=y kernels are unlikely to care much about
> NX. That combined with the fundamental inability fix _all_ of the W+X
> things means this code had little value on X86_32=y. Disable the checks.
> arch/x86/mm/pat/set_memory.c | 8 ++++++++
> 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/arch/x86/mm/pat/set_memory.c b/arch/x86/mm/pat/set_memory.c
> index 20b1e24baa85..efe882c753ca 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/mm/pat/set_memory.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/mm/pat/set_memory.c
> @@ -587,6 +587,14 @@ static inline pgprot_t verify_rwx(pgprot_t old, pgprot_t new, unsigned long star
> unsigned long end;
> + /*
> + * 32-bit has some unfixable W+X issues, like EFI code
> + * and writeable data being in the same page. Disable
> + * detection and enforcement there.
> + */
> + if (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_X86_32))
> + return new;
You are going from extreme to extreme. W^X is useful on x86-32 at
least in some configs, so it would make sense to detect and inform
about the issues (perhaps with something like KERN_INFO).
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