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SubjectRE: [PATCH v4 00/45] x86: Kernel IBT
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From: Josh Poimboeuf
> Sent: 09 March 2022 06:57
>
> On Tue, Mar 08, 2022 at 12:06:18PM -0800, Josh Poimboeuf wrote:
> > As talked about on IRC there are still a few outstanding issues, that
> > I'm fine with fixing after the merge window during the upcoming -next
> > cycle:
> >
> > - xen hypercall page functions need 'ret' - (I think you already fixed)
> >
> > - why don't unreachables need to fill up the entire sym hole?
> >
> > - get rid of the 'c_file' hack
> >
> > - improve cmdline option intuitive-ness
> >
> > - properly integrate the retpoline "demotion" with the new Spectre BHI
> > related patches - probably still needs more discussion - for example
> > we might instead want to disable IBT and warn
>
> One more:
>
> - Changing objtool should force a vmlinux re-link.

I'm wondering what actually happens to loadable modules?

Especially those built 'out of tree',
potentially with a different compiler,
and maybe containing binary 'blobs'.

The requirement to run programs on old distributions means
that things get compiled with quite old versions of gcc.
For instance RHEL7 is gcc 4.8.5.

David

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