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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/5] powerpc64: Add .opd based function descriptor dereference
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Sergey Senozhatsky <sergey.senozhatsky.work@gmail.com> writes:

> On (09/19/17 20:22), Michael Ellerman wrote:
>> > On 2017/09/16 12:53PM, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
>> >> We are moving towards separate kernel and module function descriptor
>> >> dereference callbacks. This patch enables it for powerpc64.
>> >>
>> >> For pointers that belong to the kernel
>> >> - Added __start_opd and __end_opd pointers, to track the kernel
>> >> .opd section address range;
>> >>
>> >> - Added dereference_kernel_function_descriptor(). Now we
>> >> will dereference only function pointers that are within
>> >> [__start_opd, __end_opd];
>> >>
>> >> For pointers that belong to a module
>> >> - Added dereference_module_function_descriptor() to handle module
>> >> function descriptor dereference. Now we will dereference only
>> >> pointers that are within [module->opd.start, module->opd.end].
>> >
>> > Would it be simpler to just use kernel_text_address() and dereference
>> > everything else? See commit 83e840c770f2c5 ("powerpc64/elfv1: Only
>> > dereference function descriptor for non-text symbols") for a related
>> > patch.
>>
>> Yeah that would be a lot simpler and probably work perfectly well.
>
> unlike ppc_function_entry(), printk() can get called on any symbol,
> not just function pointers.
>
> for example,
>
> cat /proc/kallsyms | grep shrinker_rwsem
> ffffffff81a4b1e0 d shrinker_rwsem

Yep, good point. So your patch is probably good then. Maybe someone
other than me can find time to test it ;)

cheers

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