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Date:   Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:23:41 -0000
From:   "tip-bot2 for Ard Biesheuvel" <>
Cc:     Ard Biesheuvel <>,
        Arvind Sankar <>,
        Kees Cook <>,
        Ingo Molnar <>,
        Sedat Dilek <>,
        Nick Desaulniers <>,
        x86 <>, LKML <>
Subject: [tip: x86/boot] x86/boot/compressed: Move .got.plt entries out of the
 .got section

The following commit has been merged into the x86/boot branch of tip:

Commit-ID:     262b5cae67a672404da0dcbd009efc1227ad51e4
Author:        Ard Biesheuvel <>
AuthorDate:    Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:07:45 -07:00
Committer:     Ingo Molnar <>
CommitterDate: Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:52:34 +02:00

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.

While at it, drop the KEEP(), since it has no effect on the contents
of output sections that are created by the linker itself.

Signed-off-by: Ard Biesheuvel <>
Signed-off-by: Arvind Sankar <>
Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
Tested-by: Sedat Dilek <>
Tested-by: Nick Desaulniers <>
Reviewed-by: Kees Cook <>
Acked-by: Arvind Sankar <>
 arch/x86/boot/compressed/ | 11 ++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/boot/compressed/ b/arch/x86/boot/compressed/
index 8f1025d..b17d218 100644
--- a/arch/x86/boot/compressed/
+++ b/arch/x86/boot/compressed/
@@ -44,10 +44,13 @@ SECTIONS
 	.got : {
 		_got = .;
-		KEEP(*(.got.plt))
 		_egot = .;
+	.got.plt : {
+		*(.got.plt)
+	}
 	.data :	{
 		_data = . ;
@@ -77,3 +80,9 @@ SECTIONS
+#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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