[PATCH] kexec.h: stop exporting kexec_load() to userspace

Paul Bolle pebolle at tiscali.nl
Wed Jan 15 09:12:18 EST 2014

On Wed, 2014-01-15 at 14:38 +0100, Maximilian Attems wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 02:17:04PM +0100, Paul Bolle wrote:
> > Since v3.5 kexec.h is exported to userspace. That includes its
> > declaration of kexec_load():
> >     extern int kexec_load(void *, size_t, struct kexec_segment *,
> >                    unsigned long int);
> > 
> > This declaration isn't very useful to userspace programs on itself. They
> > still have to define a matching function (which basically wraps the
> > kexec_load syscall). I'm not aware of programs or libraries that actually
> > do that.
> > 
> > It can be removed. The programs that actually use it, if there
> > are any, should then provide their own declaration to keep compiling.
> > Already compiled binaries will not be affected.
> nack, klibc uses the header and there was some discussion that glibc
> could/should use it too.

The versions of klibc I stumbled on (via codesearch.debian.net) didn't
use a kexec_load() that match that declaration. Has that changed? In
which version?

>  I didn't follow kexec git, but there is/was
> a version that just uses the kexec_load() if the c library provides it.
> Until Santa Claus materialises in form of a direct kernel user-space API,
> see follow ups on http://lwn.net/Articles/534682/ and proposal by hpa
> > This gets rid of the headers_check warning that can be seen ever since
> > this header was exported:
> >     [...]/usr/include/linux/kexec.h:49: userspace cannot reference function or variable defined in the kernel
> > 
> this is the wrong  way of fix.

Paul Bolle

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