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README.md

Kenali: Enforcing Kernel Security Invariants with Data Flow Integrity

Kenali is a project aims to prevent memory-corruption-based kernel privilege escalation attacks. It includes three major components: kernel patches, analysis, and instrumentation. This is the prototype kernel for the Nexus 9 device, forked from android-tegra-flounder-3.10-lollipop-release.

Technical Details

Please check out paper for more details.

Notes

  • It's just a proof-of-concept prototype, so try at your own risk.
  • You'll need all three components to fully utilize the protection from Kenali, I'll push the other two components into other repos (later).

Build

This kernel has been tailored to be built by clang (v3.6 or higher), with patches and scripts from the LLVMLinux projects.

To build into bootable kernel binary (tested with Google GCC toolchain):

make ARCH=arm64 \
    CROSS_COMPILE=${PATH_TO_GCC_BIN}/aarch64-linux-android- \
    GCC_TOOLCHAIN=${PATH_TO_GCC_BIN} \
    HOSTCC=clang CC=clang

To build into LLVM bitcode for static analysis:

make ARCH=arm64 \
    CROSS_COMPILE=${PATH_TO_GCC_BIN}/aarch64-linux-android- \
    GCC_TOOLCHAIN=${PATH_TO_GCC_BIN} \
    HOSTCC=clang-emit-bc.sh CC=clang LLVM_IR=1

You can download clang-emit-bc.sh here. You may need to patch this script based on the output of file $BC_FILE, if it's "LLVM bitcode", you're good; if it's "LLVM IR bitcode", then you need to replace the grep parameter.

To pack the kernel arch/arm64/boot/Image.gz-dtb into a flashable bootimg, check the tutorial widely available online.

Kernel Analyzer

The corresponding kernel analyzer is hosted in a separate repo.

Publications

Paper

Enforcing Kernel Security Invariants with Data Flow Integrity
Chengyu Song, Byoungyoung Lee, Kangjie Lu, William R. Harris, Taesoo Kim, and Wenke Lee
NDSS 2016

@inproceedings{song:kenali,
  title        = {{Enforcing Kernel Security Invariants with Data Flow Integrity}},
  author       = {Chengyu Song and Byoungyoung Lee and Kangjie Lu and William R. Harris and Taesoo Kim and Wenke Lee},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS)},
  month        = feb,
  year         = 2016,
  address      = {San Diego, CA},
}

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