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Re: new ELF marking

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 11:52 AM, Kees Cook <> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 11:46 AM, H.J. Lu <> wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 11:26 AM, Kees Cook <> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 10:16 AM, H.J. Lu <> wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 10:07 AM, Kees Cook via binutils
>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> I'd like to be able to mark an ELF binary in such a way that Linux's
>>>>> binfmt_elf.c will collapse a PIE text area into the mmap region
>>>>> (currently they are separately randomized in memory). This is desired
>>>>> by AddressSanitizer to avoid having an ASan-built binary have its text
>>>>> area moving into an unexpected location[1] (ASLR is still desired, but
>>>>> doesn't need to have a PIE/mmap split).
>>>>> I see a few ways:
>>>>> - Add parsing for NOTE program headers and add a new NOTE type
>>>>> (NT_GNU_EXEC_FLAGS), though notes tend to be strings...
>>>>> - Add a new Program Header (GNU_EXEC_FLAGS), which is similar to how
>>>>> GNU_STACK and GNU_RELRO were handled. This could sort of be like NOTE
>>>>> except just lots of bit flags.
>>>>> - Use a filesystem xattr. This is fragile, in the case of copying
>>>>> binaries between systems or filesystems.
>>>>> Thoughts?
>>>> Why don't you use  NT_GNU_PROPERTY_TYPE_0?
>>> Ah, interesting. I hadn't seen this before. Docs I found were:
>>>  \item[pr_datasz] The size of the \code{pr_data} field.  A 4-byte
>>>    integer in the format of the target processor.
>>>  \item[pr_data] The program property descriptor.  An array of 4-byte
>>>    integers in 32-bit object or 8-byte integers in 64-bit objects, in
>>>    the format of the target processor.
>>> Is pr_data length always a multiple of 4 (or 8)? I found this language
>> Yes.
>>> confusing, given that pr_datasz doesn't mention this.
> Why does pr_padding exist if pr_data is always the correct multiple already?
>>> Also, given the definition, should the kernel examine these, or should
>>> it remain limited to the runtimer loader?
>> Both kernel and run-time loaders should check it.  I am working on
>> static PIE, which is loaded by kernel.
> What kernel-support is needed for static PIE?

Nothing so far:

[hjl@gnu-6 elf]$ readelf -l ./sln

Elf file type is DYN (Shared object file)
Entry point 0x8830
There are 8 program headers, starting at offset 64

Program Headers:
  Type           Offset             VirtAddr           PhysAddr
                 FileSiz            MemSiz              Flags  Align
  LOAD           0x0000000000000000 0x0000000000000000 0x0000000000000000
                 0x00000000000a1466 0x00000000000a1466  R E    0x200000
  LOAD           0x00000000000a2240 0x00000000002a2240 0x00000000002a2240
                 0x00000000000050a0 0x0000000000006590  RW     0x200000
  DYNAMIC        0x00000000000a4d48 0x00000000002a4d48 0x00000000002a4d48
                 0x00000000000001a0 0x00000000000001a0  RW     0x8
  NOTE           0x0000000000000200 0x0000000000000200 0x0000000000000200
                 0x0000000000000020 0x0000000000000020  R      0x4
  TLS            0x00000000000a2240 0x00000000002a2240 0x00000000002a2240
                 0x0000000000000020 0x0000000000000060  R      0x8
  GNU_EH_FRAME   0x0000000000096298 0x0000000000096298 0x0000000000096298
                 0x0000000000001a14 0x0000000000001a14  R      0x4
  GNU_STACK      0x0000000000000000 0x0000000000000000 0x0000000000000000
                 0x0000000000000000 0x0000000000000000  RW     0x10
  GNU_RELRO      0x00000000000a2240 0x00000000002a2240 0x00000000002a2240
                 0x0000000000002dc0 0x0000000000002dc0  R      0x1

 Section to Segment mapping:
  Segment Sections...
   00     .note.ABI-tag .hash .dynsym .dynstr .rela.dyn .rela.plt
.init .plt .text __libc_freeres_fn __libc_thread_freeres_fn
.fini .rodata .eh_frame_hdr .eh_frame .gcc_except_table
   01     .tdata .init_array .fini_array .dynamic .got
.got.plt .data __libc_subfreeres __libc_IO_vtables __libc_atexit
__libc_thread_subfreeres .bss __libc_freeres_ptrs
   02     .dynamic
   03     .note.ABI-tag
   04     .tdata .tbss
   05     .eh_frame_hdr
   07     .tdata .init_array .fini_array .dynamic .got
[hjl@gnu-6 elf]$ ./sln
Usage: sln src dest|file

For bug reporting instructions, please see:
[hjl@gnu-6 elf]$

>>> If the kernel should, would it be better to add
>>> GNU_PROPERTY_EXEC_FLAGS, for future bits, or should it be something
>>> like GNU_PROPERTY_NO_COPY_ON_PROTECTED with a pr_datasz == 0?
>> Please use bits.
> Okay.
>> Is this an output only bit?  Will it appear in an input file?
> I believe this would only be an output bit, but I'm not sure how it
> would be wired into binutils. Kostya, do you know any details about
> how AddressSanitizer might be able to create this ELF note?

if it is an output only bit, "-z fobar" should work, like

  -z ibt                      Generate GNU_PROPERTY_X86_FEATURE_1_IBT
  -z shstk                    Generate GNU_PROPERTY_X86_FEATURE_1_SHSTK

Or you can put it in the input file and linker will copy it to output, like

>>> (And should the kernel already be parsing GNU_PROPERTY_STACK_SIZE?)
>> Kernel should.
> Have there been patches proposed for this yet?

Not I am aware of.


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