Re: [PATCH v7 22/27] binfmt_elf: Extract .note.gnu.property from an ELF file
From: Dave Martin
Date: Tue Jun 18 2019 - 05:17:57 EST
On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 02:20:40PM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Jun 2019, Florian Weimer wrote:
> > * Dave Martin:
> > > On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 12:31:34PM -0700, Yu-cheng Yu wrote:
> > >> We can probably check PT_GNU_PROPERTY first, and fallback (based on ld-linux
> > >> version?) to PT_NOTE scanning?
> > >
> > > For arm64, we can check for PT_GNU_PROPERTY and then give up
> > > unconditionally.
> > >
> > > For x86, we would fall back to PT_NOTE scanning, but this will add a bit
> > > of cost to binaries that don't have NT_GNU_PROPERTY_TYPE_0. The ld.so
> > > version doesn't tell you what ELF ABI a given executable conforms to.
> > >
> > > Since this sounds like it's largely a distro-specific issue, maybe there
> > > could be a Kconfig option to turn the fallback PT_NOTE scanning on?
> > I'm worried that this causes interop issues similarly to what we see
> > with VSYSCALL today. If we need both and a way to disable it, it should
> > be something like a personality flag which can be configured for each
> > process tree separately. Ideally, we'd settle on one correct approach
> > (i.e., either always process both, or only process PT_GNU_PROPERTY) and
> > enforce that.
> Chose one and only the one which makes technically sense and is not some
> horrible vehicle.
> Everytime we did those 'oh we need to make x fly workarounds' we regretted
> it sooner than later.
So I guess that points to keeping PT_NOTE scanning always available as a
fallback on x86. This sucks a bit, but if there are binaries already in
the wild that rely on this, I don't think we have much choice...
I'd still favour a Kconfig option to allow this support to be suppressed
by arches that don't have a similar legacy to be compatible with.