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@ 2021-08-18  7:58 tip-bot2 for Marco Elver
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From: tip-bot2 for Marco Elver @ 2021-08-18  7:58 UTC (permalink / raw)
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  Cc: Marco Elver, Mark Rutland, Paul E. McKenney, x86, linux-kernel

The following commit has been merged into the locking/debug branch of tip:

Commit-ID:     e675d2533a74acfa95c62e7bb088335866f44fd2
Author:        Marco Elver <>
AuthorDate:    Mon, 07 Jun 2021 14:56:49 +02:00
Committer:     Paul E. McKenney <>
CommitterDate: Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:49:43 -07:00

kcsan: Introduce CONFIG_KCSAN_STRICT

Add a simpler Kconfig variable to configure KCSAN's "strict" mode. This
makes it simpler in documentation or messages to suggest just a single
configuration option to select the strictest checking mode (vs.
currently having to list several options).

Signed-off-by: Marco Elver <>
Acked-by: Mark Rutland <>
Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <>
 Documentation/dev-tools/kcsan.rst |  4 ++++
 lib/Kconfig.kcsan                 | 10 ++++++++++
 2 files changed, 14 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/dev-tools/kcsan.rst b/Documentation/dev-tools/kcsan.rst
index 6a600cf..69dc9c5 100644
--- a/Documentation/dev-tools/kcsan.rst
+++ b/Documentation/dev-tools/kcsan.rst
@@ -127,6 +127,10 @@ Kconfig options:
   causes KCSAN to not report data races due to conflicts where the only plain
   accesses are aligned writes up to word size.
+To use the strictest possible rules, select ``CONFIG_KCSAN_STRICT=y``, which
+configures KCSAN to follow the Linux-kernel memory consistency model (LKMM) as
+closely as possible.
 DebugFS interface
diff --git a/lib/Kconfig.kcsan b/lib/Kconfig.kcsan
index 5304f21..c76fbb3 100644
--- a/lib/Kconfig.kcsan
+++ b/lib/Kconfig.kcsan
@@ -183,9 +183,17 @@ config KCSAN_REPORT_RACE_UNKNOWN_ORIGIN
 	  reported if it was only possible to infer a race due to a data value
 	  change while an access is being delayed on a watchpoint.
+	bool "Strict data-race checking"
+	help
+	  KCSAN will report data races with the strictest possible rules, which
+	  closely aligns with the rules defined by the Linux-kernel memory
+	  consistency model (LKMM).
 	bool "Only report races where watcher observed a data value change"
 	default y
+	depends on !KCSAN_STRICT
 	  If enabled and a conflicting write is observed via a watchpoint, but
 	  the data value of the memory location was observed to remain
@@ -194,6 +202,7 @@ config KCSAN_REPORT_VALUE_CHANGE_ONLY
 	bool "Assume that plain aligned writes up to word size are atomic"
 	default y
+	depends on !KCSAN_STRICT
 	  Assume that plain aligned writes up to word size are atomic by
 	  default, and also not subject to other unsafe compiler optimizations
@@ -206,6 +215,7 @@ config KCSAN_ASSUME_PLAIN_WRITES_ATOMIC
 	bool "Do not instrument marked atomic accesses"
+	depends on !KCSAN_STRICT
 	  Never instrument marked atomic accesses. This option can be used for
 	  additional filtering. Conflicting marked atomic reads and plain

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