LLVM Security Group Transparency Reports¶
This page lists the yearly LLVM Security group transparency reports.
The LLVM security group was established on the 10th of July 2020 by the act of the initial commit describing the purpose of the group and the processes it follows. Many of the group’s processes were still not well-defined enough for the group to operate well. Over the course of 2021, the key processes were defined well enough to enable the group to operate reasonably well:
We defined details on how to report security issues, see this commit on 20th of May 2021
We refined the nomination process for new group members, see this commit on 30th of July 2021
We started writing an annual transparency report (you’re reading the 2021 report here).
Over the course of 2021, we had 2 people leave the LLVM Security group and 4 people join.
In 2021, the security group received 13 issue reports that were made publicly visible before 31st of December 2021. The security group judged 2 of these reports to be security issues:
Both issues were addressed with source changes: #5 in clangd/vscode-clangd, and #11 in llvm-project. No dedicated LLVM release was made for either.
We believe that with the publishing of this first annual transparency report, the security group now has implemented all necessary processes for the group to operate as promised. The group’s processes can be improved further, and we do expect further improvements to get implemented in 2022. Many of the potential improvements end up being discussed on the monthly public call on LLVM’s security group.
In this section we report on the issues the group received in 2022, or on issues that were received earlier, but were disclosed in 2022.
In 2022, the llvm security group received 15 issues that have been disclosed at the time of writing this transparency report.
5 of these were judged to be security issues:
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/llvm/issues/detail?id=17 reports a miscompile in LLVM that can result in the frame pointer and return address being overwritten. This was fixed.
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/llvm/issues/detail?id=19 reports a vulnerability in std::filesystem::remove_all in libc++. This was fixed.
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/llvm/issues/detail?id=23 reports a new Spectre gadget variant that Speculative Load Hardening (SLH) does not mitigate. No extension to SLH was implemented to also mitigate against this variant.
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/llvm/issues/detail?id=30 reports missing memory safety protection on the (C++) exception handling path. A number of fixes were implemented.
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/llvm/issues/detail?id=33 reports the RETBLEED vulnerability. The outcome was clang growing a new security hardening feature -mfunction-return=thunk-extern, see https://reviews.llvm.org/D129572.
No dedicated LLVM releases were made for any of the above issues.