[PATCH 00/11] Introduce Simple atomic and non-atomic counters

Kees Cook keescook at chromium.org
Fri Sep 25 23:52:40 UTC 2020

On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 05:47:14PM -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
> -- Addressed Kees's comments:
>    1. Non-atomic counters renamed to counter_simple32 and counter_simple64
>       to clearly indicate size.
>    2. Added warning for counter_simple* usage and it should be used only
>       when there is no need for atomicity.
>    3. Renamed counter_atomic to counter_atomic32 to clearly indicate size.
>    4. Renamed counter_atomic_long to counter_atomic64 and it now uses
>       atomic64_t ops and indicates size.
>    5. Test updated for the API renames.
>    6. Added helper functions for test results printing
>    7. Verified that the test module compiles in kunit env. and test
>       module can be loaded to run the test.

Thanks for all of this!

>    8. Updated Documentation to reflect the intent to make the API
>       restricted so it can never be used to guard object lifetimes
>       and state management. I left _return ops for now, inc_return
>       is necessary for now as per the discussion we had on this topic.

I still *really* do not want dec_return() to exist. That is asking for
trouble. I'd prefer inc_return() not exist either, but I can live with
it. ;)

Kees Cook

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