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Date:   Sat, 23 May 2020 14:00:19 +0200
From:   Ard Biesheuvel <>
        Ard Biesheuvel <>,
        Maarten Lankhorst <>,
        Linus Torvalds <>,
        Arvind Sankar <>
Subject: [PATCH v2 1/3] x86/boot/compressed: move .got.plt entries out of the .got section

The .got.plt section contains the part of the GOT which is used by PLT
entries, and which gets updated lazily by the dynamic loader when
function calls are dispatched through those PLT entries.

On fully linked binaries such as the kernel proper or the decompressor,
this never happens, and so in practice, the .got.plt section consists
only of the first 3 magic entries that are meant to point at the _DYNAMIC
section and at the fixup routine in the loader. However, since we don't
use a dynamic loader, those entries are never populated or used.

This means that treating those entries like ordinary GOT entries, and
updating their values based on the actual placement of the executable in
memory is completely pointless, and we can just ignore the .got.plt
section entirely, provided that it has no additional entries beyond
the first 3 ones.

So add an assertion in the linker script to ensure that this assumption
holds, and move the contents out of the [_got, _egot) memory range that
is modified by the GOT fixup routines.

Signed-off-by: Ard Biesheuvel <>
 arch/x86/boot/compressed/ | 13 ++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/boot/compressed/ b/arch/x86/boot/compressed/
index 0dc5c2b9614b..ce3fdfb93b57 100644
--- a/arch/x86/boot/compressed/
+++ b/arch/x86/boot/compressed/
@@ -44,10 +44,13 @@ SECTIONS
 	.got : {
 		_got = .;
-		KEEP(*(.got.plt))
 		_egot = .;
+	.got.plt : {
+		KEEP(*(.got.plt))
+	}
 	.data :	{
 		_data = . ;
@@ -75,3 +78,11 @@ SECTIONS
 	. = ALIGN(PAGE_SIZE);	/* keep ZO size page aligned */
 	_end = .;
+#ifdef CONFIG_X86_64
+ASSERT (SIZEOF(.got.plt) == 0 || SIZEOF(.got.plt) == 0x18,
+	"Unexpected GOT/PLT entries detected!")
+ASSERT (SIZEOF(.got.plt) == 0 || SIZEOF(.got.plt) == 0xc,
+	"Unexpected GOT/PLT entries detected!")

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