Re: [PATCH v5 2/2] mm, treewide: Rename kzfree() to kfree_sensitive()

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On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 11:43:11 -0400 Waiman Long <longman@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> As said by Linus:
>   A symmetric naming is only helpful if it implies symmetries in use.
>   Otherwise it's actively misleading.
>   In "kzalloc()", the z is meaningful and an important part of what the
>   caller wants.
>   In "kzfree()", the z is actively detrimental, because maybe in the
>   future we really _might_ want to use that "memfill(0xdeadbeef)" or
>   something. The "zero" part of the interface isn't even _relevant_.
> The main reason that kzfree() exists is to clear sensitive information
> that should not be leaked to other future users of the same memory
> objects.
> Rename kzfree() to kfree_sensitive() to follow the example of the
> recently added kvfree_sensitive() and make the intention of the API
> more explicit. In addition, memzero_explicit() is used to clear the
> memory to make sure that it won't get optimized away by the compiler.
> The renaming is done by using the command sequence:
>   git grep -w --name-only kzfree |\
>   xargs sed -i 's/\bkzfree\b/kfree_sensitive/'
> followed by some editing of the kfree_sensitive() kerneldoc and adding
> a kzfree backward compatibility macro in slab.h.
> ...
> --- a/include/linux/slab.h
> +++ b/include/linux/slab.h
> @@ -186,10 +186,12 @@ void memcg_deactivate_kmem_caches(struct mem_cgroup *, struct mem_cgroup *);
>   */
>  void * __must_check krealloc(const void *, size_t, gfp_t);
>  void kfree(const void *);
> -void kzfree(const void *);
> +void kfree_sensitive(const void *);
>  size_t __ksize(const void *);
>  size_t ksize(const void *);
> +#define kzfree(x)	kfree_sensitive(x)	/* For backward compatibility */
> +

What was the thinking here?  Is this really necessary?

I suppose we could keep this around for a while to ease migration.  But
not for too long, please.

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