[PATCH 45/58] ARM: 7816/1: CONFIG_KUSER_HELPERS: fix help text
kamal at canonical.com
Tue Sep 3 16:23:49 UTC 2013
22.214.171.124 -stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.
From: Nicolas Pitre <nicolas.pitre at linaro.org>
commit ac124504ecf6b20a2457d873d0728a8b991a5b0c upstream.
Commit f6f91b0d9fd9 ("ARM: allow kuser helpers to be removed from the
vector page") introduced some help text for the CONFIG_KUSER_HELPERS
option which is rather contradictory.
Let's fix that, and improve it a little.
Signed-off-by: Nicolas Pitre <nico at linaro.org>
Signed-off-by: Russell King <rmk+kernel at arm.linux.org.uk>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
arch/arm/mm/Kconfig | 9 ++++++---
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
diff --git a/arch/arm/mm/Kconfig b/arch/arm/mm/Kconfig
index 1d5ee0a..a6287d5 100644
@@ -789,15 +789,18 @@ config KUSER_HELPERS
the CPU type fitted to the system. This permits binaries to be
run on ARMv4 through to ARMv7 without modification.
+ See Documentation/arm/kernel_user_helpers.txt for details.
However, the fixed address nature of these helpers can be used
by ROP (return orientated programming) authors when creating
If all of the binaries and libraries which run on your platform
are built specifically for your platform, and make no use of
- these helpers, then you can turn this option off. However,
- when such an binary or library is run, it will receive a SIGILL
- signal, which will terminate the program.
+ these helpers, then you can turn this option off to hinder
+ such exploits. However, in that case, if a binary or library
+ relying on those helpers is run, it will receive a SIGILL signal,
+ which will terminate the program.
Say N here only if you are absolutely certain that you do not
need these helpers; otherwise, the safe option is to say Y.
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