[PATCH modules 0/2] Fix handling of exit unwinding sections (on ARM)

From: Matthias Schiffer
Date: Mon Jun 03 2019 - 07:11:46 EST

For some time (050d18d1c651 "ARM: 8650/1: module: handle negative
R_ARM_PREL31 addends correctly", v4.11+), building a kernel without
CONFIG_MODULE_UNLOAD would lead to module loads failing on ARM systems with
certain memory layouts, with messages like:

imx_sdma: section 16 reloc 0 sym '': relocation 42 out of range
(0x7f015260 -> 0xc0f5a5e8)

(0x7f015260 is in the module load area, 0xc0f5a5e8 a regular vmalloc
address; relocation 42 is R_ARM_PREL31)

This is caused by relocatiosn in the .ARM.extab.exit.text and
.ARM.exidx.exit.text sections referencing the .exit.text section. As the
module loader will omit loading .exit.text without CONFIG_MODULE_UNLOAD,
there will be relocations from loaded to unloaded sections; the resulting
huge offsets trigger the sanity checks added in 050d18d1c651.

IA64 might be affected by a similar issue - sections with names like
.IA_64.unwind.exit.text and .IA_64.unwind_info.exit.text appear in the ld
script - but I don't know much about that arch.

Also, I'm not sure if this is stable-worthy - just enabling
CONFIG_MODULE_UNLOAD should be a viable workaround on affected kernels.

Kind regards,

Matthias Schiffer (2):
module: allow arch overrides for .exit section names
ARM: module: recognize unwind exit sections

arch/arm/include/asm/module.h | 11 +++++++++++
include/linux/moduleloader.h | 8 ++++++++
kernel/module.c | 2 +-
3 files changed, 20 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)