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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: NX protection for kernel data
On Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 03:43:06PM -0400, Siarhei Liakh wrote:
> This patch expands functionality of CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA to set main
> (static) kernel data area as NX.
> The following steps are taken to achieve this:
> 1. Linker scripts are adjusted so .text always starts and end on a page boundary
> 2. Linker scripts are adjusted so .rodata and .data always starts and
> end on a page boundary
> 3. void mark_nxdata_nx(void) added to arch/x86/mm/init_64.c and
> arch/x86/mm/init_32.c with actual functionality: NX is set for all
> pages from _etext through _edata
> 4. mark_nxdata_nx() called from init_post(void) in init/main.c
>
> The patch have been developed for Linux 2.6.30 x86 by Siarhei Liakh
> <sliakh.lkml@gmail.com> and Xuxian Jiang <jiang@cs.ncsu.edu>.


The patch no longer applies.
The file vmlinux_32.lds.S and vmlinux_64.lds.S has been unified
into one file.


> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux_32.lds.S
> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux_32.lds.S
> @@ -47,6 +47,7 @@ SECTIONS
> IRQENTRY_TEXT
> *(.fixup)
> *(.gnu.warning)
> + . = ALIGN(PAGE_SIZE); /* .text should occupy whole number of pages */
> _etext = .; /* End of text section */

So _etext cover until page boundary - makes sense.

> } :text = 0x9090
>
> @@ -93,6 +94,7 @@ SECTIONS
> *(.data.read_mostly)
> _edata = .; /* End of data section */
> }
> + . = ALIGN(PAGE_SIZE); /* needed so we can set NX for .data */

But here _edata does not cover until page boundary.
And alignmnet is located outside the output section
definition.
It would be better/more consistent to follow the style you use for .text here.


Sam


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