[PATCH 11/24] x86/msr: Restrict MSR access when the kernel is locked down

David Howells dhowells at redhat.com
Wed Apr 11 16:25:51 UTC 2018

From: Matthew Garrett <mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org>

Writing to MSRs should not be allowed if the kernel is locked down, since
it could lead to execution of arbitrary code in kernel mode.  Based on a
patch by Kees Cook.

MSR accesses are logged for the purposes of building up a whitelist as per
Alan Cox's suggestion.

Signed-off-by: Matthew Garrett <mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org>
Signed-off-by: David Howells <dhowells at redhat.com>
Acked-by: Kees Cook <keescook at chromium.org>
Reviewed-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Reviewed-by: "Lee, Chun-Yi" <jlee at suse.com>
cc: x86 at kernel.org

 arch/x86/kernel/msr.c |   10 ++++++++++
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/msr.c b/arch/x86/kernel/msr.c
index ef688804f80d..dfb61d358196 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/msr.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/msr.c
@@ -84,6 +84,11 @@ static ssize_t msr_write(struct file *file, const char __user *buf,
 	int err = 0;
 	ssize_t bytes = 0;
+	if (kernel_is_locked_down("Direct MSR access")) {
+		pr_info("Direct access to MSR %x\n", reg);
+		return -EPERM;
+	}
 	if (count % 8)
 		return -EINVAL;	/* Invalid chunk size */
@@ -135,6 +140,11 @@ static long msr_ioctl(struct file *file, unsigned int ioc, unsigned long arg)
 			err = -EFAULT;
+		if (kernel_is_locked_down("Direct MSR access")) {
+			pr_info("Direct access to MSR %x\n", regs[1]); /* Display %ecx */
+			err = -EPERM;
+			break;
+		}
 		err = wrmsr_safe_regs_on_cpu(cpu, regs);
 		if (err)

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