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Subject[PATCH v4 0/7] x86/boot: Remove runtime relocations from compressed kernel
The compressed kernel currently contains bogus runtime relocations in
the startup code in head_{32,64}.S, which are generated by the linker,
but must not actually be processed at runtime.

This generates warnings when linking with the BFD linker, and errors
with LLD, which defaults to erroring on runtime relocations in read-only
sections. It also requires the -z noreloc-overflow hack for the 64-bit
kernel, which prevents us from linking it as -pie on an older BFD linker
(<= 2.26) or on LLD, because the locations that are to be apparently
relocated are only 32-bits in size and so cannot really have
R_X86_64_RELATIVE relocations.

This series aims to get rid of these relocations. I've build- and
boot-tested with combinations of clang/gcc-10 with lld/bfd-2.34, and
gcc-4.9.0 with bfd-2.24, skipping clang on 32-bit because it currently
has other issues [0].

The first three patches by Ard remove indirection via the GOT from the
compressed kernel code.

The next patch is an independent fix for LLD, to avoid an orphan
section in arch/x86/boot/setup.elf.

The fifth patch gets rid of almost all the relocations. It uses
standard PIC addressing technique for 32-bit, i.e. loading a register
with the address of _GLOBAL_OFFSET_TABLE_ and then using GOTOFF
references to access variables. For 64-bit, there is 32-bit code that
cannot use RIP-relative addressing, and also cannot use the 32-bit
method, since GOTOFF references are 64-bit only. This is instead handled
using a macro to replace a reference like gdt with (gdt-startup_32)
instead. The assembler will generate a PC32 relocation entry, with
addend set to (.-startup_32), and these will be replaced with constants
at link time. This works as long as all the code using such references
lives in the same section as startup_32, i.e. in .head.text.

The sixth patch addresses a remaining issue with the BFD linker, which
generates runtime relocations for absolute symbols. We use z_input_len
and z_output_len, defined in the generated piggy.S file, as symbols
whose absolute "addresses" are actually the size of the compressed
payload and the size of the decompressed kernel image respectively. LLD
does not generate relocations for these two symbols, but the BFD linker
does, prior to the upcoming 2.35. To get around this, piggy.S is
extended to also define two u32 variables (in .rodata) with the lengths,
and the head code is modified to use those instead of the symbol

An alternative way to handle z_input_len/z_output_len would be to just
include piggy.S in head_{32,64}.S instead of as a separate object file,
since the GNU assembler doesn't generate relocations for symbols set to

The last patch adds a check in the linker script to ensure that no
runtime relocations get reintroduced.


Changes from v3:
- Move hidden.h to include/linux so the EFI stub and the compressed
kernel can share the same file

Changes from v2:
- Incorporate Ard's patches for eliminating GOT references into this
- Rebase on v5.8-rc3


Changes from v1:
- Add .text.* to setup.ld instead of just .text.startup
- Rename the la() macro introduced in the second patch for 64-bit to
rva(), and rework the explanatory comment.
- In the last patch, check both .rel.dyn and .rela.dyn, instead of just
one per arch.

Ard Biesheuvel (3):
x86/boot/compressed: Move .got.plt entries out of the .got section
x86/boot/compressed: Force hidden visibility for all symbol references
x86/boot/compressed: Get rid of GOT fixup code

Arvind Sankar (4):
x86/boot: Add .text.* to setup.ld
x86/boot: Remove run-time relocations from .head.text code
x86/boot: Remove runtime relocations from head_{32,64}.S
x86/boot: Check that there are no runtime relocations

arch/x86/boot/compressed/Makefile | 37 +-----
arch/x86/boot/compressed/head_32.S | 99 +++++----------
arch/x86/boot/compressed/head_64.S | 165 ++++++++++---------------
arch/x86/boot/compressed/mkpiggy.c | 6 +
arch/x86/boot/compressed/ | 24 +++-
arch/x86/boot/setup.ld | 2 +-
drivers/firmware/efi/libstub/Makefile | 2 +-
drivers/firmware/efi/libstub/hidden.h | 6 -
include/linux/hidden.h | 19 +++
9 files changed, 152 insertions(+), 208 deletions(-)
delete mode 100644 drivers/firmware/efi/libstub/hidden.h
create mode 100644 include/linux/hidden.h

base-commit: 11ba468877bb23f28956a35e896356252d63c983

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