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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] x86/vmlinux: Fix vmlinux.lds.S with pre-2.23 binutils
On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 05:57:23PM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 2020-01-13 17:53, Kees Cook wrote:>>
> >> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S b/arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
> >> index 3a1a819da137..bad4e22384dc 100644
> >> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
> >> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
> >> @@ -144,10 +144,12 @@ SECTIONS
> >> *(.text.__x86.indirect_thunk)
> >> __indirect_thunk_end = .;
> >> #endif
> >> +
> >> + /* End of text section */
> >> + _etext = .;
> >> } :text =0xcccc
> >>
> >> - /* End of text section, which should occupy whole number of pages */
> >> - _etext = .;
> >> + /* .text should occupy whole number of pages */
> >> . = ALIGN(PAGE_SIZE);
> >
> > NAK: linkers can add things at the end of .text that will go missing from
> > the kernel if _etext isn't _outside_ the .text section, truly beyond the
> > end of the .text section. This patch will break Control Flow Integrity
> > checking since the jump tables are at the end of .text.
> >
> > Boris, we're always working around weird linker problems; I don't see a
> > problem with the v2 patch to fix up old binutils...
> >
>
> Why not add the marker into a separate section instead of leaving it as an
> absolute "floater"? Very old binutils would botch that case, but I think that
> has been long since addressed well below our current minimum version.

Can you send a patch with what you're thinking?

--
Kees Cook

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