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Date:	Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:19:55 +0100
From:	Ben Hutchings <>
To:	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
Cc:	LKML <>,
Subject: [PATCH] x86: Reject x32 executables if x32 ABI not supported

It is currently possible to execve() an x32 executable on an x86_64
kernel that has only ia32 compat enabled.  However all its syscalls
will fail, even _exit().  This usually causes it to segfault.

Change the ELF compat architecture check so that x32 executables are
rejected if we don't support the x32 ABI.

Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>
 arch/x86/include/asm/elf.h | 5 +++--
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/elf.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/elf.h
index 1a055c8..ca3347a 100644
--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/elf.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/elf.h
@@ -160,8 +160,9 @@ do {						\
 #define elf_check_arch(x)			\
 	((x)->e_machine == EM_X86_64)
-#define compat_elf_check_arch(x)		\
-	(elf_check_arch_ia32(x) || (x)->e_machine == EM_X86_64)
+#define compat_elf_check_arch(x)					\
+	(elf_check_arch_ia32(x) ||					\
+	 (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_X86_X32_ABI) && (x)->e_machine == EM_X86_64))
 #if __USER32_DS != __USER_DS
 # error "The following code assumes __USER32_DS == __USER_DS"

Ben Hutchings
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                                                            - Robert Coveyou

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