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Subject[PATCH 4.15 103/105] kbuild: disable clangs default use of -fmerge-all-constants
4.15-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Daniel Borkmann <>

commit 87e0d4f0f37fb0c8c4aeeac46fff5e957738df79 upstream.

Prasad reported that he has seen crashes in BPF subsystem with netd
on Android with arm64 in the form of (note, the taint is unrelated):

[ 4134.721483] Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address 800000001
[ 4134.820925] Mem abort info:
[ 4134.901283] Exception class = DABT (current EL), IL = 32 bits
[ 4135.016736] SET = 0, FnV = 0
[ 4135.119820] EA = 0, S1PTW = 0
[ 4135.201431] Data abort info:
[ 4135.301388] ISV = 0, ISS = 0x00000021
[ 4135.359599] CM = 0, WnR = 0
[ 4135.470873] user pgtable: 4k pages, 39-bit VAs, pgd = ffffffe39b946000
[ 4135.499757] [0000000800000001] *pgd=0000000000000000, *pud=0000000000000000
[ 4135.660725] Internal error: Oops: 96000021 [#1] PREEMPT SMP
[ 4135.674610] Modules linked in:
[ 4135.682883] CPU: 5 PID: 1260 Comm: netd Tainted: G S W 4.14.19+ #1
[ 4135.716188] task: ffffffe39f4aa380 task.stack: ffffff801d4e0000
[ 4135.731599] PC is at bpf_prog_add+0x20/0x68
[ 4135.741746] LR is at bpf_prog_inc+0x20/0x2c
[ 4135.751788] pc : [<ffffff94ab7ad584>] lr : [<ffffff94ab7ad638>] pstate: 60400145
[ 4135.769062] sp : ffffff801d4e3ce0
[ 4136.258315] Process netd (pid: 1260, stack limit = 0xffffff801d4e0000)
[ 4136.273746] Call trace:
[ 4136.442494] 3ca0: ffffff94ab7ad584 0000000060400145 ffffffe3a01bf8f8 0000000000000006
[ 4136.460936] 3cc0: 0000008000000000 ffffff94ab844204 ffffff801d4e3cf0 ffffff94ab7ad584
[ 4136.479241] [<ffffff94ab7ad584>] bpf_prog_add+0x20/0x68
[ 4136.491767] [<ffffff94ab7ad638>] bpf_prog_inc+0x20/0x2c
[ 4136.504536] [<ffffff94ab7b5d08>] bpf_obj_get_user+0x204/0x22c
[ 4136.518746] [<ffffff94ab7ade68>] SyS_bpf+0x5a8/0x1a88

Android's netd was basically pinning the uid cookie BPF map in BPF
fs (/sys/fs/bpf/traffic_cookie_uid_map) and later on retrieving it
again resulting in above panic. Issue is that the map was wrongly
identified as a prog! Above kernel was compiled with clang 4.0,
and it turns out that clang decided to merge the bpf_prog_iops and
bpf_map_iops into a single memory location, such that the two i_ops
could then not be distinguished anymore.

Reason for this miscompilation is that clang has the more aggressive
-fmerge-all-constants enabled by default. In fact, clang source code
has a comment about it in lib/AST/ExprConstant.cpp on why it is okay
to do so:

Pointers with different bases cannot represent the same object.
(Note that clang defaults to -fmerge-all-constants, which can
lead to inconsistent results for comparisons involving the address
of a constant; this generally doesn't matter in practice.)

The issue never appeared with gcc however, since gcc does not enable
-fmerge-all-constants by default and even *explicitly* states in
it's option description that using this flag results in non-conforming
behavior, quote from man gcc:

Languages like C or C++ require each variable, including multiple
instances of the same variable in recursive calls, to have distinct
locations, so using this option results in non-conforming behavior.

There are also various clang bug reports open on that matter [1],
where clang developers acknowledge the non-conforming behavior,
and refer to disabling it with -fno-merge-all-constants. But even
if this gets fixed in clang today, there are already users out there
that triggered this. Thus, fix this issue by explicitly adding
-fno-merge-all-constants to the kernel's Makefile to generically
disable this optimization, since potentially other places in the
kernel could subtly break as well.

Note, there is also a flag called -fmerge-constants (not supported
by clang), which is more conservative and only applies to strings
and it's enabled in gcc's -O/-O2/-O3/-Os optimization levels. In
gcc's code, the two flags -fmerge-{all-,}constants share the same
variable internally, so when disabling it via -fno-merge-all-constants,
then we really don't merge any const data (e.g. strings), and text
size increases with gcc (14,927,214 -> 14,942,646 for vmlinux.o).

$ gcc -fverbose-asm -O2 foo.c -S -o foo.S
-> foo.S lists -fmerge-constants under options enabled
$ gcc -fverbose-asm -O2 -fno-merge-all-constants foo.c -S -o foo.S
-> foo.S doesn't list -fmerge-constants under options enabled
$ gcc -fverbose-asm -O2 -fno-merge-all-constants -fmerge-constants foo.c -S -o foo.S
-> foo.S lists -fmerge-constants under options enabled

Thus, as a workaround we need to set both -fno-merge-all-constants
*and* -fmerge-constants in the Makefile in order for text size to
stay as is.


Reported-by: Prasad Sodagudi <>
Signed-off-by: Daniel Borkmann <>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
Cc: Chenbo Feng <>
Cc: Richard Smith <>
Cc: Chandler Carruth <>
Tested-by: Prasad Sodagudi <>
Acked-by: Alexei Starovoitov <>
Signed-off-by: Alexei Starovoitov <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

Makefile | 9 +++++++++
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -798,6 +798,15 @@ KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-disable-warni
# disable invalid "can't wrap" optimizations for signed / pointers
KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-option,-fno-strict-overflow)

+# clang sets -fmerge-all-constants by default as optimization, but this
+# is non-conforming behavior for C and in fact breaks the kernel, so we
+# need to disable it here generally.
+KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-option,-fno-merge-all-constants)
+# for gcc -fno-merge-all-constants disables everything, but it is fine
+# to have actual conforming behavior enabled.
+KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-option,-fmerge-constants)
# Make sure -fstack-check isn't enabled (like gentoo apparently did)
KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-option,-fno-stack-check,)

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