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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/8] Replace memset() with memzero_explicit()
On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 12:50:58PM +0100, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 07:25:22PM +0800, Sandy Harris wrote:
> > Replace memset(address,0,bytes) which may be optimised away
> > with memzero_explicit(address,bytes) which resists
> > such optimisation
> >
> > ---
> > crypto/des_generic.c | 4 ++--
> > 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/crypto/des_generic.c b/crypto/des_generic.c
> > index c85354a5e94c..105a32e7afea 100644
> > --- a/crypto/des_generic.c
> > +++ b/crypto/des_generic.c
> > @@ -30,7 +30,7 @@ static int des_setkey(struct crypto_tfm *tfm, const u8 *key,
> > err = 0;
> > }
> > if (err)
> > - memset(dctx, 0, sizeof(*dctx));
> > + memzero_explicit(dctx, sizeof(*dctx));
> > return err;
> > }
> >
> > @@ -62,7 +62,7 @@ static int des3_ede_setkey(struct crypto_tfm *tfm,
> > const u8 *key,
> > err = 0;
> > }
> > if (err)
> > - memset(dctx, 0, sizeof(*dctx));
> > + memzero_explicit(dctx, sizeof(*dctx));
> > return err;
> > }
> >
>
> Have you looked at the output of the compiler to see if this really is
> needed or not?

Oh wait, that's not a stack variable, how would this be optimized away
at all? If it is, that's a HUGE compiler bug.

Is that really happening here?

thanks,

greg k-h

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