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SubjectRe: [PATCH][RESEND] PIE randomization
On Sat, Jul 07, 2007 at 02:13:01AM +0200, Jiri Kosina wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Jul 2007, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > So the original patch has:
> > #define BAD_ADDR(x) ((unsigned long)(x) >= TASK_SIZE)
> > For some reason(?) it got changed to the clearly buggy:
> > #define BAD_ADDR(x) ((unsigned long)(x) >= PAGE_MASK)
> > Jiri's patch undoes that second buggy define, which is very
> > different from the original that was sent in by you and Ernie.
> This is a part of execshield patch, fthe pie-compiled binary executable
> memory layout randomization was extracted from - see
> Note that load_elf_interp() in vanilla kernel differs from the
> execshield's (and pie-randomization.patch) version.
> The fix makes the BAD_ADDR check whether the address belongs to the
> ERR_PTR range, which seems valid for all uses of BAD_ADDR in the patched
> binfmt_elf.c (do_brk(), elf_map(), do_mmap() etc return valid address or
> err ptr) ... am I missing something obvious here?

I believe BAD_ADDR macro was changes from ((unsigned long)(x) >= TASK_SIZE)
(which is the right test for invalid user addresses, stronger check than
>= PAGE_MASK) to >= PAGE_MASK only because of the one check of the return
value of load_elf_interp. All other uses of BAD_ADDR macro are either on
userland addresses (what do_mmap, elf_map, do_brk etc. return;
where TASK_SIZE or more is certainly wrong) or in one case still on unbiased
ELF p_vaddr:
if (BAD_ADDR(k) || elf_ppnt->p_filesz > elf_ppnt->p_memsz ||
in load_elf_binary (where >= TASK_SIZE check is ok too).

So perhaps doing this instead of changing BAD_ADDR to IS_ERR_VAL
might be better:

Signed-off-by: Jakub Jelinek <>

--- linux/fs/binfmt_elf.c 2007-06-08 21:53:45.000000000 +0200
+++ linux/fs/binfmt_elf.c 2007-07-07 14:19:14.000000000 +0200
@@ -80,7 +80,7 @@ static struct linux_binfmt elf_format =
.hasvdso = 1

-#define BAD_ADDR(x) ((unsigned long)(x) >= PAGE_MASK)
+#define BAD_ADDR(x) ((unsigned long)(x) >= TASK_SIZE)

static int set_brk(unsigned long start, unsigned long end)
@@ -1015,7 +1015,7 @@ static int load_elf_binary(struct linux_
- if (!BAD_ADDR(elf_entry)) {
+ if (!IS_ERR((void *)elf_entry)) {
/* load_elf_interp() returns relocation adjustment */
interp_load_addr = elf_entry;
elf_entry += loc->interp_elf_ex.e_entry;

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