[cfe-dev] [RFC] Zeroing Caller Saved Regs
Bill Wendling via cfe-dev
cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Aug 6 16:12:00 PDT 2020
[This feature addresses https://bugs.llvm.org/show_bug.cgi?id=37880
Clang has been ramping up its support of the Linux kernel. We recently
added "asm goto with outputs", a long requested feature. We want to
continue building our relationship with the Linux community.
KSPP is a project to improve security in the Linux kernel, through
both kernel changes and compiler features. One compiler feature they
want is the ability to zero out caller-saved registers on function
return as a defense against stale register contents being used as a
side-channel or speculation path.
The option will be "opt-in" for each target. Targets that don't
support the flag should probably emit a warning or error.
Our proposal for the feature is modeled off of H. J. Lu's
description (copied with some modifications):
command-line option and zero_caller_saved_regs function attributes:
* Don't zero caller-saved registers upon function return (default):
* Zero used caller-saved integer registers upon function return:
* Zero all integer registers upon function return:
* Zero used caller-saved integer and vector registers upon function return:
* Zero all caller-saved integer and vector registers upon function return:
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