[PATCH v2 3/5] powerpc64/module: Tighten detection of mcount call sites with -mprofile-kernel

Naveen N. Rao naveen.n.rao at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Mar 21 21:43:20 AEDT 2018

For R_PPC64_REL24 relocations, we suppress emitting instructions for TOC
load/restore in the relocation stub if the relocation is for _mcount()
call when using -mprofile-kernel ABI.

To detect this, we check if the preceding instructions are per the
standard set of instructions emitted by gcc: either the two instruction
sequence of 'mflr r0; std r0,16(r1)', or the more optimized variant of a
single 'mflr r0'. This is not sufficient since nothing prevents users
from hand coding sequences involving a 'mflr r0' followed by a 'bl'.

For removing the toc save instruction from the stub, we additionally
check if the symbol is "_mcount". Add the same check here as well.

Also rename is_early_mcount_callsite() to is_mprofile_mcount_callsite()
since that is what is being checked. The use of "early" is misleading
since there is nothing involving this function that qualifies as early.

Fixes: 153086644fd1f ("powerpc/ftrace: Add support for -mprofile-kernel ftrace ABI")
Signed-off-by: Naveen N. Rao <naveen.n.rao at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
 arch/powerpc/kernel/module_64.c | 15 +++++++++------
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/module_64.c b/arch/powerpc/kernel/module_64.c
index a2636c250b7b..8413be31d6a4 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/module_64.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/module_64.c
@@ -463,8 +463,11 @@ static unsigned long stub_for_addr(const Elf64_Shdr *sechdrs,
-static bool is_early_mcount_callsite(u32 *instruction)
+static bool is_mprofile_mcount_callsite(const char *name, u32 *instruction)
+	if (strcmp("_mcount", name))
+		return false;
 	 * Check if this is one of the -mprofile-kernel sequences.
@@ -496,8 +499,7 @@ static void squash_toc_save_inst(const char *name, unsigned long addr)
 static void squash_toc_save_inst(const char *name, unsigned long addr) { }
-/* without -mprofile-kernel, mcount calls are never early */
-static bool is_early_mcount_callsite(u32 *instruction)
+static bool is_mprofile_mcount_callsite(const char *name, u32 *instruction)
 	return false;
@@ -505,11 +507,11 @@ static bool is_early_mcount_callsite(u32 *instruction)
 /* We expect a noop next: if it is, replace it with instruction to
    restore r2. */
-static int restore_r2(u32 *instruction, struct module *me)
+static int restore_r2(const char *name, u32 *instruction, struct module *me)
 	u32 *prev_insn = instruction - 1;
-	if (is_early_mcount_callsite(prev_insn))
+	if (is_mprofile_mcount_callsite(name, prev_insn))
 		return 1;
@@ -650,7 +652,8 @@ int apply_relocate_add(Elf64_Shdr *sechdrs,
 				value = stub_for_addr(sechdrs, value, me);
 				if (!value)
 					return -ENOENT;
-				if (!restore_r2((u32 *)location + 1, me))
+				if (!restore_r2(strtab + sym->st_name,
+							(u32 *)location + 1, me))
 					return -ENOEXEC;
 				squash_toc_save_inst(strtab + sym->st_name, value);

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