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authorJoe Perches <joe@perches.com>2015-05-05 16:23:38 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2015-05-05 17:10:10 -0700
commit01e76903f655a4d88c2e09d3182436c65f6e1213 (patch)
tree664fb1d4d7bbd9ecb3d913fddcc04c985934852e /Documentation
parent09789e5de18e4e442870b2d700831f5cb802eb05 (diff)
kasan: show gcc version requirements in Kconfig and Documentation
The documentation shows a need for gcc > 4.9.2, but it's really >=. The Kconfig entries don't show require versions so add them. Correct a latter/later typo too. Also mention that gcc 5 required to catch out of bounds accesses to global and stack variables. Signed-off-by: Joe Perches <joe@perches.com> Signed-off-by: Andrey Ryabinin <a.ryabinin@samsung.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation')
1 files changed, 5 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/kasan.txt b/Documentation/kasan.txt
index 092fc10961fe..4692241789b1 100644
--- a/Documentation/kasan.txt
+++ b/Documentation/kasan.txt
@@ -9,7 +9,9 @@ a fast and comprehensive solution for finding use-after-free and out-of-bounds
KASan uses compile-time instrumentation for checking every memory access,
-therefore you will need a certain version of GCC > 4.9.2
+therefore you will need a gcc version of 4.9.2 or later. KASan could detect out
+of bounds accesses to stack or global variables, but only if gcc 5.0 or later was
+used to built the kernel.
Currently KASan is supported only for x86_64 architecture and requires that the
kernel be built with the SLUB allocator.
@@ -23,8 +25,8 @@ To enable KASAN configure kernel with:
and choose between CONFIG_KASAN_OUTLINE and CONFIG_KASAN_INLINE. Outline/inline
is compiler instrumentation types. The former produces smaller binary the
-latter is 1.1 - 2 times faster. Inline instrumentation requires GCC 5.0 or
+latter is 1.1 - 2 times faster. Inline instrumentation requires a gcc version
+of 5.0 or later.
Currently KASAN works only with the SLUB memory allocator.
For better bug detection and nicer report, enable CONFIG_STACKTRACE and put

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