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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 04/10] objtool: check: Ignore empty alternative groups
On Fri, 27 Mar 2020, Julien Thierry wrote:

> Atlernative section can contain entries for alternatives with no
> instructions. Objtool will currently crash when handling such an entry.
>
> Just skip that entry, but still give a warning to discourage useless
> entries.
>
> Signed-off-by: Julien Thierry <jthierry@redhat.com>
> ---
> tools/objtool/check.c | 6 ++++++
> 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/tools/objtool/check.c b/tools/objtool/check.c
> index 74353b2c39ce..5c03460f1f07 100644
> --- a/tools/objtool/check.c
> +++ b/tools/objtool/check.c
> @@ -904,6 +904,12 @@ static int add_special_section_alts(struct objtool_file *file)
> }
>
> if (special_alt->group) {
> + if (!special_alt->orig_len) {
> + WARN_FUNC("empty alternative entry",
> + orig_insn->sec, orig_insn->offset);
> + continue;
> + }
> +
> ret = handle_group_alt(file, special_alt, orig_insn,
> &new_insn);
> if (ret)

Probably the first time I am looking at alternatives handling in objtool,
so I must be missing something, but is this even possible now? I mean
get_alt_entry() in special.c sets alt->orig_len when alt->group is true
(which means .alternatives section) to something which cannot be zero.

Is this a preparatory patch for arm64, where this could happen? If yes, it
would be better to mention it in the changelog.

Miroslav

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