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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/29] vmlinux.lds.h: Refactor EXCEPTION_TABLE and NOTES
On Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 08:03:31PM +0200, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 10:55:33AM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> > This series works to move the linker sections for NOTES and
> > EXCEPTION_TABLE into the RO_DATA area, where they belong on most
> > (all?) architectures. The problem being addressed was the discovery
> > by Rick Edgecombe that the exception table was accidentally marked
> > executable while he was developing his execute-only-memory series. When
> > permissions were flipped from readable-and-executable to only-executable,
> > the exception table became unreadable, causing things to explode rather
> > badly. :)
> >
> > Roughly speaking, the steps are:
> >
> > - regularize the linker names for PT_NOTE and PT_LOAD program headers
> > (to "note" and "text" respectively)
> > - regularize restoration of linker section to program header assignment
> > (when PT_NOTE exists)
> > - move NOTES into RO_DATA
> > - finish macro naming conversions for RO_DATA and RW_DATA
> > - move EXCEPTION_TABLE into RO_DATA on architectures where this is clear
> > - clean up some x86-specific reporting of kernel memory resources
> > - switch x86 linker fill byte from x90 (NOP) to 0xcc (INT3), just because
> > I finally realized what that trailing ": 0x9090" meant -- and we should
> > trap, not slide, if execution lands in section padding
>
> Yap, nice patchset overall.

Thanks!

> > Since these changes are treewide, I'd love to get architecture-maintainer
> > Acks and either have this live in x86 -tip or in my own tree, however
> > people think it should go.
>
> Sure, I don't mind taking v2 through tip once I get ACKs from the
> respective arch maintainers.

Okay, excellent. I've only had acks from arm64, but I'll call it out
again in v2. Thanks for the review!

--
Kees Cook

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