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SubjectRe: [PATCH 07/29] x86: Restore "text" Program Header with dummy section
On Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 12:33:05PM +0200, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 10:55:40AM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> > Instead of depending on markings in the section following NOTES to
> > restore the associated Program Header, use a dummy section, as done
> > in other architectures.
>
> This is very laconic and after some staring at ld.info, I think you mean
> this:
>
> " If you place a section in one or more segments using ':PHDR', then
> the linker will place all subsequent allocatable sections which do not
> specify ':PHDR' in the same segments."
>
> but I could be way off. Yes, no?
>
> IOW, please write in the commit messages first what the problem is
> you're addressing.

Yeah, that's much improved. I really struggled to describe this, given
how weird the linker script logic is here.

> > --- a/arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
> > +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
> > @@ -147,8 +147,9 @@ SECTIONS
> > } :text = 0x9090
> >
> > NOTES :text :note
> > + .dummy : { *(.dummy) } :text
> >
> > - EXCEPTION_TABLE(16) :text = 0x9090
> > + EXCEPTION_TABLE(16)
>
> This is killing the filler byte but I have a suspicion that'll change
> eventually to INT3... :)

Yes, though since the exception table isn't executable, filling with
0x90 has no meaning, and I think when I looked at the alignment there
were actually no fill bytes from here on. But it doesn't matter; it all
goes away in the end.

--
Kees Cook

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