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SubjectPotential bug in fs/binfmt_elf.c?
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Hi,

I believe there is a problem in fs/binfmt_elf.c, around line 700 (kernel
2.6.1)

When mapping a nobits PT_LOAD segment with a memsize > filesize, the
kernel calls set_brk (which in turns calls do_brk) to map and clear the
area, but this discards access permissons on the mapping leading to rwx
protection. This causes a load failure on systems where the VM cannot
reserve swap space for the segment, unless overcommit is active (on many
systems it's not on by default).
I don't know this code well, but it seems that this discarding of access
permissions on the unlikely codepath is incorrect. I filed bug #2255 [1]
on it.

Could somebody who understands the ELF loading code please check to see
if this is a bug, and if so produce a patch?

The ability to define a new (large) ELF section which isn't backed by
swap space nor disk space and that will be mapped to a specific VMA
range is needed by Wine to reserve the PE load area.

Currently the fact that the section is always mapped rwx despite being
marked read-only in the binary prevents us from using this as a solution
to the problems caused by exec-shield/prelink, meaning the only solution
is to bootstrap the ELF interpreter ourselves from a statically linked
binary. Clearly we'd rather not do that.

Thanks to pageexec@freemail.hu for bringing the matter to my attention.

Your assistance is appreciated,
thanks -mike

[1] http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2255

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