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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] binfmt_elf: Fix PIE execution with randomization disabled (was Re: [RFC PATCH] binfmt_elf: Fix PIE execution with randomization disabled)
On Tue, 4 Oct 2011, Jiri Kosina wrote:

> > Guys, it took several people several days and 10+ emails to work out
> > what's happening in there, and the first attempt to fix it was buggy.
> > This is all a huuuuge signal that the code is unobvious, hard to
> > understand, hard to maintain.
> It's unfortunately true. Rewriting the ELF binary loader is on my list of
> very-long-term TODOs. It has became quite a monster over decades.
> > Please, let's get a good code comment in there while it's fresh in your
> > minds. So the next person who comes along doesn't have the same amount
> > of difficulty?


find the updated patch below. Please consider applying.

I believe Cc to stable is appropriate as well.

Thanks a lot Josh for verification of the fix.

From: Jiri Kosina <>
Subject: [PATCH] binfmt_elf: fix PIE execution with randomization disabled

The case of address space randomization being disabled in runtime through
randomize_va_space sysctl is not treated properly in load_elf_binary(),
resulting in SIGKILL coming at exec() time for certain PIE-linked binaries
in case the randomization has been disabled at runtime prior to calling

Handle the randomize_va_space == 0 case the same way as if we were not
supporting .text randomization at all.

Based on original patch by H.J. Lu <> and.
Josh Boyer <>

Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Russell King <>
Tested-by: Josh Boyer <>
Acked-by: Nicolas Pitre <>
Signed-off-by: Jiri Kosina <>
fs/binfmt_elf.c | 11 ++++++++++-
1 files changed, 10 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/binfmt_elf.c b/fs/binfmt_elf.c
index dd0fdfc..21ac5ee 100644
--- a/fs/binfmt_elf.c
+++ b/fs/binfmt_elf.c
@@ -795,7 +795,16 @@ static int load_elf_binary(struct linux_binprm *bprm, struct pt_regs *regs)
* might try to exec. This is because the brk will
* follow the loader, and is not movable. */
#if defined(CONFIG_X86) || defined(CONFIG_ARM)
- load_bias = 0;
+ /* Memory randomization might have been switched off
+ * in runtime via sysctl.
+ * If that is the case, retain the original non-zero
+ * load_bias value in order to establish proper
+ * non-randomized mappings.
+ */
+ if (current->flags & PF_RANDOMIZE)
+ load_bias = 0;
+ else
+ load_bias = ELF_PAGESTART(ELF_ET_DYN_BASE - vaddr);
load_bias = ELF_PAGESTART(ELF_ET_DYN_BASE - vaddr);
Jiri Kosina

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