modversions: redefine kcrctab entries as 32-bit values

Jessica Yu jeyu at
Fri Feb 3 14:54:41 AEDT 2017

+++ Ard Biesheuvel [24/01/17 16:16 +0000]:
>This v4 is a followup to [0] 'modversions: redefine kcrctab entries as
>relative CRC pointers', but since relative CRC pointers do not work in
>modules, and are actually only needed by powerpc with CONFIG_RELOCATABLE=y,
>I have made it a Kconfig selectable feature instead.
>Patch #1 introduces the MODULE_REL_CRCS Kconfig symbol, and adds the kbuild
>handling of it, i.e., modpost, genksyms and kallsyms.
>Patch #2 switches all architectures to 32-bit CRC entries in kcrctab, where
>all architectures except powerpc with CONFIG_RELOCATABLE=y use absolute ELF
>symbol references as before.
>v4: make relative CRCs kconfig selectable
>    use absolute CRC symbols in modules regardless of kconfig selection
>    split into two patches

This asymmetry threw me off a bit, especially the Kconfig naming (only
vmlinux crcs get the relative offsets, and only on powerpc atm, but all
modules keep the absolute syms, but it is called MODULE_REL_CRCS...),
if we keep this asymmetric crc treatment, it would be really nice to
note this discrepancy this somewhere, perhaps in the Kconfig, to keep
our heads from spinning :-)

I'm still catching up on the previous discussion threads, but can you
explain a bit more why you switched away from full blown relative crcs
from your last patchset [1]? I had lightly tested your v3 on ppc64le
previously, and relative offsets with modules seemed to worked very
well. I'm probably missing something very obvious.


>v3: emit CRCs into .rodata rather than .rodata.modver, given that the latter
>    will be emitted with read-write permissions, making the CRCs end up in a
>    writable module segment.
>    fold the modpost fix to ensure that the section address is only substracted
>    from the symbol address when the ELF object in question is fully linked
>    (i.e., ET_DYN or ET_EXEC, and not ET_REL)
>v2: update modpost as well, so that genksyms no longer has to emit symbols
>    for both the actual CRC value and the reference to where it is stored
>    in the image
>Ard Biesheuvel (2):
>  kbuild: modversions: add infrastructure for emitting relative CRCs
>  modversions: treat symbol CRCs as 32 bit quantities
> arch/powerpc/Kconfig              |  1 +
> arch/powerpc/include/asm/module.h |  4 --
> arch/powerpc/kernel/module_64.c   |  8 ----
> include/asm-generic/export.h      | 11 ++---
> include/linux/export.h            | 14 ++++++
> include/linux/module.h            | 14 +++---
> init/Kconfig                      |  4 ++
> kernel/module.c                   | 45 ++++++++++----------
> scripts/            |  2 +
> scripts/genksyms/genksyms.c       | 19 ++++++---
> scripts/kallsyms.c                | 12 ++++++
> scripts/mod/modpost.c             | 10 +++++
> 12 files changed, 93 insertions(+), 51 deletions(-)

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