Potential config regression after 89cde455 ("kexec: consolidate kexec and crash options into kernel/Kconfig.kexec")

Ignat Korchagin ignat at cloudflare.com
Tue Nov 21 09:52:52 AEDT 2023

Good day!

We have recently started to evaluate Linux 6.6 and noticed that we
cannot disable CONFIG_KEXEC anymore, but keep CONFIG_CRASH_DUMP
enabled. It seems to be related to commit 89cde455 ("kexec:
consolidate kexec and crash options into kernel/Kconfig.kexec"), where
a CONFIG_KEXEC dependency was added to CONFIG_CRASH_DUMP.

In our current kernel (Linux 6.1) we only enable CONFIG_KEXEC_FILE
with enforced signature check to support the kernel crash dumping
functionality and would like to keep CONFIG_KEXEC disabled for
security reasons [1].

I was reading the long commit message, but the reason for adding
CONFIG_KEXEC as a dependency for CONFIG_CRASH_DUMP evaded me. And I
believe from the implementation perspective CONFIG_KEXEC_FILE should
suffice here (as we successfully used it for crashdumps on Linux 6.1).

Is there a reason for adding this dependency or is it just an
oversight? Would some solution of requiring either CONFIG_KEXEC or


[1]: https://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/28746.html

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