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Re: [PATCH v17 08/15] seccomp: add system call filtering using BPF



On Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:59:00 -0500
Will Drewry <wad@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> >> I think this gives userspace an easy way of causing page allocation
> >> failure warnings, by permitting large kmalloc() attempts. __Add
> >> __GFP_NOWARN?
> >
> > Max is 32kb. sk_attach_filter() in net/core/filter.c is worse,
> > it allocates up to 512kb before even checking the length.
> >
> > What about using GFP_USER (and adding __GFP_NOWARN to GFP_USER) instead?
> 
> It looks like GFP_USER|__GFP_NOWARN would make sense here.  I'll change it.

I'm not really sure why GFP_USER exists.  It's very rarely used, and
most usages are probably inappropriate.  To me it means "same as
GFP_HIGHUSER, only don't use highmem".  That's relevant to blockdev
pagecache and nothing else as far as I can tell.  And good luck working
out what the __GFP_HARDWALL does ;)

This is a regular old allocation of kernel memory - the thing to use
here is GFP_KERNEL|__GFP_NOWARN.

(I'm surprised that we didn't remove __GFP_NOWARN ages ago - warning by
default is pretty obnoxious.  But the warning continues to be
occasionally useful and false positives are rare).

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