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Subject[PATCH 2/2] Discard .note.gnu.property sections in generic NOTES
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With the command-line option, -mx86-used-note=yes, the x86 assembler
in binutils 2.32 and above generates a program property note in a note
section, .note.gnu.property, to encode used x86 ISAs and features. But
kernel linker script only contains a single NOTE segment:

PHDRS {
text PT_LOAD FLAGS(5);
data PT_LOAD FLAGS(6);
percpu PT_LOAD FLAGS(6);
init PT_LOAD FLAGS(7);
note PT_NOTE FLAGS(0);
}
SECTIONS
{
...
.notes : AT(ADDR(.notes) - 0xffffffff80000000) { __start_notes = .; KEEP(*(.not
e.*)) __stop_notes = .; } :text :note
...
}

The NOTE segment generated by kernel linker script is aligned to 4 bytes.
But .note.gnu.property section must be aligned to 8 bytes on x86-64 and
we get

[hjl@gnu-skx-1 linux]$ readelf -n vmlinux

Displaying notes found in: .notes
Owner Data size Description
Xen 0x00000006 Unknown note type: (0x00000006)
description data: 6c 69 6e 75 78 00
Xen 0x00000004 Unknown note type: (0x00000007)
description data: 32 2e 36 00
xen-3.0 0x00000005 Unknown note type: (0x006e6558)
description data: 08 00 00 00 03
readelf: Warning: note with invalid namesz and/or descsz found at offset 0x50
readelf: Warning: type: 0xffffffff, namesize: 0x006e6558, descsize:
0x80000000, alignment: 8
[hjl@gnu-skx-1 linux]$

Since note.gnu.property section in kernel image is never used, this patch
discards .note.gnu.property sections in kernel linker script by adding

/DISCARD/ : {
*(.note.gnu.property)
}

before kernel NOTE segment in generic NOTES.

Signed-off-by: H.J. Lu <hjl.tools@gmail.com>
Reviewed-by: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
---
include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h | 7 +++++++
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h b/include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h
index 6b943fb8c5fd..6659a7c07c84 100644
--- a/include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h
+++ b/include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h
@@ -818,7 +818,14 @@
#define TRACEDATA
#endif

+/*
+ * Discard .note.gnu.property sections which are unused and have
+ * different alignment requirement from kernel note sections.
+ */
#define NOTES \
+ /DISCARD/ : { \
+ *(.note.gnu.property) \
+ } \
.notes : AT(ADDR(.notes) - LOAD_OFFSET) { \
__start_notes = .; \
KEEP(*(.note.*)) \
--
2.25.1
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