Re: module version magic and arches with symbol prefixes

From: Rusty Russell
Date: Fri Jun 19 2009 - 02:34:48 EST

On Fri, 19 Jun 2009 12:54:44 am Mike Frysinger wrote:
> the current check_modstruct_version() does this:
> {
> const unsigned long *crc;
> if (!find_symbol("module_layout", NULL, &crc, true, false))
> BUG();
> return check_version(sechdrs, versindex, "module_layout", mod, crc);
> }
> the trouble here is that it looks for a literal "module_layout" symbol
> and for ports that have symbol prefixes (a quick check shows Blackfin
> & h8300), this aint going to work.

MODULE_SYMBOL_PREFIX is the fix for this, ie:

if (!find_symbol(MODULE_SYMBOL_PREFIX "module_layout), ...

> also, using BUG() here seems pretty damn harsh. wouldnt it make more
> sense to do something like:
> if (WARN_ON(!find_symbol("module_layout", NULL, &crc, true, false)))
> return 0;
> this way the module is simply not loaded rather than killing the kernel

No, it means the kernel didn't build properly. Better to fail spectacularly:
ideally we'd do this find in an init routine and guarantee a boot crash.

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