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SubjectRe: [PATCH 14/14] arm64: kexec_file: add vmlinux format support
On 08/25/17 at 11:03am, AKASHI Takahiro wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 06:30:50PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 05:18:11PM +0900, AKASHI Takahiro wrote:
> > > The first PT_LOAD segment, which is assumed to be "text" code, in vmlinux
> > > will be loaded at the offset of TEXT_OFFSET from the begining of system
> > > memory. The other PT_LOAD segments are placed relative to the first one.
> >
> > I really don't like assuming things about the vmlinux ELF file.
>
> If so, vmlinux is not an appropriate format for loading.
>
> > > Regarding kernel verification, since there is no standard way to contain
> > > a signature within elf binary, we follow PowerPC's (not yet upstreamed)
> > > approach, that is, appending a signature right after the kernel binary
> > > itself like module signing.
> >
> > I also *really* don't like this. It's a bizarre in-band mechanism,
> > without explcit information. It's not a nice ABI.
> >
> > If we can load an Image, why do we need to be able to load a vmlinux?
>
> Well, kexec-tools does. I don't know why Geoff wanted to support vmlinux.
> I'm just trying to support what kexec-tools does support.

We only add things when it is really necessary, kexec-tools
functionalities should have some historic reasons.

If only for doing kexec-tools has done I would say just not to do it.

Thanks
Dave

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