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CONFIG_KFENCE: KFENCE: low-overhead sampling-based memory safety error detector

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_KFENCE:

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KFENCE is a low-overhead sampling-based detector of heap out-of-bounds access, use-after-free, and invalid-free errors. KFENCE is designed to have negligible cost to permit enabling it in production environments.

See Documentation/dev-tools/kfence.rst for more details.

Note that, KFENCE is not a substitute for explicit testing with tools such as KASAN. KFENCE can detect a subset of bugs that KASAN can detect, albeit at very different performance profiles. If you can afford to use KASAN, continue using KASAN, for example in test environments. If your kernel targets production use, and cannot enable KASAN due to its cost, consider using KFENCE.

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