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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 05/17] ctype: Work around Clang -mbranch-protection=none bug
On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:15:47AM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Jun 2020 at 08:18, Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
> >
> > In preparation for building efi/libstub with -mbranch-protection=none
> > (EFI does not support branch protection features[1]), add no-op code
> > to work around a Clang bug that emits an unwanted .note.gnu.property
> > section for object files without code[2].
> >
> > [1] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/CAMj1kXHck12juGi=E=P4hWP_8vQhQ+-x3vBMc3TGeRWdQ-XkxQ@mail.gmail.com
> > [2] https://bugs.llvm.org/show_bug.cgi?id=46480
> >
> > Cc: Ard Biesheuvel <ardb@kernel.org>
> > Cc: Will Deacon <will@kernel.org>
> > Cc: Dave Martin <Dave.Martin@arm.com>
> > Cc: clang-built-linux@googlegroups.com
> > Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
> > ---
> > lib/ctype.c | 10 ++++++++++
> > 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+)
> >
> > diff --git a/lib/ctype.c b/lib/ctype.c
> > index c819fe269eb2..21245ed57d90 100644
> > --- a/lib/ctype.c
> > +++ b/lib/ctype.c
> > @@ -36,3 +36,13 @@ _L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L, /* 224-239 */
> > _L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_P,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L,_L}; /* 240-255 */
> >
> > EXPORT_SYMBOL(_ctype);
> > +
> > +/*
> > + * Clang will generate .note.gnu.property sections for object files
> > + * without code, even in the presence of -mbranch-protection=none.
> > + * To work around this, define an unused static function.
> > + * https://bugs.llvm.org/show_bug.cgi?id=46480
> > + */
> > +#ifdef CONFIG_CC_IS_CLANG
> > +void __maybe_unused __clang_needs_code_here(void) { }
> > +#endif
> > --
> > 2.25.1
> >
>
> I take it we don't need this horrible hack if we build the EFI stub
> with branch protections and filter out the .note.gnu.property section
> explicitly?

Correct.

> Sorry to backpedal, but that is probably a better approach after all,
> given that the instructions don't hurt, and we will hopefully be able
> to arm them once UEFI (as well as PE/COFF) gets around to describing
> this in a way that both the firmware and the OS can consume.

Okay, will revert to the v3 solution.

--
Kees Cook

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