[PATCH] security: Export few symbols referred by other modules

James Morris james.l.morris at oracle.com
Thu Dec 7 00:10:12 UTC 2017

On Wed, 6 Dec 2017, Greg KH wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 06, 2017 at 08:45:01PM +0530, Hareesh Gundu wrote:
> > On 12/5/2017 6:51 PM, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> > > James Morris wrote:
> > > > On Tue, 5 Dec 2017, Hareesh Gundu wrote:
> > > > 
> > > > > Export mmap_min_addr and security_mmap_addr() to allow
> > > > > kernel modules to use them.
> > > > > 
> > > > > Signed-off-by: Hareesh Gundu <hareeshg at codeaurora.org>
> > Can other folks comment whether this should be EXPORT_SYMBOL or
> What do you think?

The API has some EXPORT_SYMBOLs already and it's probably not useful to 
add any EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPLs on a technical level, as you can't use the API 
with just those.

In terms of documenting developer intent, it may make a difference.

So, what I would propose is that for new hooks which are exported, the 
author can specify which type of export.  In the case of hooks which were 
added after EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL was merged, and which are only now being 
exported, ask the original author of the hook to decide, otherwise default 
to EXPORT_SYMBOL, which is consistent with the most of the existing API.

For pre-EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL hooks, if they need to be exported, continue to 

And obviously all of the above is contingent on having in-tree users of 
exported hooks.

- James
James Morris
<james.l.morris at oracle.com>

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