[PATCH] kexec: Export memory sections virtual addresses to vmcoreinfo

Baoquan He bhe at redhat.com
Tue Oct 11 00:41:11 PDT 2016

Hi Eric,

Thanks a lot for your reviewing! Sorry for late reply.

On 10/06/16 at 03:07pm, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Baoquan He <bhe at redhat.com> writes:
> > KASLR memory randomization can randomize the base of the physical memory
> > mapping (PAGE_OFFSET), vmalloc (VMALLOC_START) and vmemmap
> > (VMEMMAP_START). These need be exported to VMCOREINFO so that user space
> > utility, mainly makedumpfile can use them to identify the base of each
> > memory section. Here using VMCOREINFO_NUMBER we can reuse the existing
> > struct number_table in makedumpfile to import data easily.
> >
> > Since they are related to x86_64 only, put them into
> > arch_crash_save_vmcoreinfo. And move the exportion of KERNEL_IMAGE_SIZE
> > together since it's also for x86_64 only.
> *Scratches my head*  I would have thought this information would have
> better fit in the ELF header.  Where it actually has a field for virtual
> address.  It also has a field for physical address, and a third field
> for offset in the file (which is where the kdump finds these things in
> memory aftewards).
> Why do we need need more magic vmcoreinfo to handle this?

Previously in x86_64, values of PAGE_OFFSET, VMALLOC and VMEMMAP are
fixed, makedumpfile also hard codes them.

In kexec-tools, we try to get page_offset_base from /proc/kallsyms or
search it from /proc/kcore elf header with the help of virtual address
of symbol _stext. Then we save it into p_vaddr of kernel text program
segment. In kdump kernel, we may assume kernel text has the biggest
starting virtual address and search it from vmcore elf header. But I
can't think of a way to get the starting virtual address of vmalloc and
vmemmap which are necessary for makedumpfile analysis.

So it's necessary to add them into VMCOREINFO to let makedumpfile know.


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