Since the dawn of time, a kernel stack overflow has been a real PITA to debug, has caused nondeterministic crashes some time after the actual overflow, and has generally been easy to exploit for root.
With this series, arches can enable HAVE_ARCH_VMAP_STACK. Arches that enable it (just x86 for now) get virtually mapped stacks with guard pages. This causes reliable faults when the stack overflows. If the arch implements it well, we get a nice OOPS on stack overflow (as opposed to panicing directly or otherwise exploding badly). On x86, the OOPS is nice, has a usable call trace, and the overflowing task is killed cleanly. This does not address interrupt stacks. Andy Lutomirski (12): x86/cpa: In populate_pgd, don't set the pgd entry until it's populated x86/cpa: Warn if kernel_unmap_pages_in_pgd is used inappropriately mm: Track NR_KERNEL_STACK in pages instead of number of stacks mm: Move memcg stack accounting to account_kernel_stack fork: Add generic vmalloced stack support x86/die: Don't try to recover from an OOPS on a non-default stack x86/dumpstack: When OOPSing, rewind the stack before do_exit x86/dumpstack: When dumping stack bytes due to OOPS, start with regs->sp x86/dumpstack: Try harder to get a call trace on stack overflow x86/dumpstack/64: Handle faults when printing the "Stack:" part of an OOPS x86/mm/64: Enable vmapped stacks x86/mm: Improve stack-overflow #PF handling Ingo Molnar (1): x86/mm/hotplug: Don't remove PGD entries in remove_pagetable() arch/Kconfig | 12 ++++++++++ arch/x86/Kconfig | 1 + arch/x86/entry/entry_32.S | 11 +++++++++ arch/x86/entry/entry_64.S | 11 +++++++++ arch/x86/include/asm/switch_to.h | 28 +++++++++++++++++++++- arch/x86/include/asm/traps.h | 6 +++++ arch/x86/kernel/dumpstack.c | 17 +++++++++++++- arch/x86/kernel/dumpstack_32.c | 4 +++- arch/x86/kernel/dumpstack_64.c | 16 ++++++++++--- arch/x86/kernel/traps.c | 32 +++++++++++++++++++++++++ arch/x86/mm/fault.c | 39 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ arch/x86/mm/init_64.c | 27 --------------------- arch/x86/mm/pageattr.c | 7 +++++- arch/x86/mm/tlb.c | 15 ++++++++++++ fs/proc/meminfo.c | 2 +- kernel/fork.c | 51 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------- mm/page_alloc.c | 3 +-- 17 files changed, 233 insertions(+), 49 deletions(-) -- 2.7.4