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    gcc-plugins: Add the randstruct plugin · 313dd1b6
    Kees Cook authored
    This randstruct plugin is modified from Brad Spengler/PaX Team's code
    in the last public patch of grsecurity/PaX based on my understanding
    of the code. Changes or omissions from the original code are mine and
    don't reflect the original grsecurity/PaX code.
    The randstruct GCC plugin randomizes the layout of selected structures
    at compile time, as a probabilistic defense against attacks that need to
    know the layout of structures within the kernel. This is most useful for
    "in-house" kernel builds where neither the randomization seed nor other
    build artifacts are made available to an attacker. While less useful for
    distribution kernels (where the randomization seed must be exposed for
    third party kernel module builds), it still has some value there since now
    all kernel builds would need to be tracked by an attacker.
    In more performance sensitive scenarios, GCC_PLUGIN_RANDSTRUCT_PERFORMANCE
    can be selected to make a best effort to restrict randomization to
    cacheline-sized groups of elements, and will not randomize bitfields. This
    comes at the cost of reduced randomization.
    Two annotations are defined,__randomize_layout and __no_randomize_layout,
    which respectively tell the plugin to either randomize or not to
    randomize instances of the struct in question. Follow-on patches enable
    the auto-detection logic for selecting structures for randomization
    that contain only function pointers. It is disabled here to assist with
    Since any randomized structs must be initialized using designated
    initializers, __randomize_layout includes the __designated_init annotation
    even when the plugin is disabled so that all builds will require
    the needed initialization. (With the plugin enabled, annotations for
    automatically chosen structures are marked as well.)
    The main differences between this implemenation and grsecurity are:
    - disable automatic struct selection (to be enabled in follow-up patch)
    - add designated_init attribute at runtime and for manual marking
    - clarify debugging output to differentiate bad cast warnings
    - add whitelisting infrastructure
    - support gcc 7's DECL_ALIGN and DECL_MODE changes (Laura Abbott)
    - raise minimum required GCC version to 4.7
    Earlier versions of this patch series were ported by Michael Leibowitz.
    Signed-off-by: default avatarKees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
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