[PATCH 1/2] binfmt_flat: allow not offsetting data start

Christoph Hellwig hch at lst.de
Wed Apr 7 15:13:59 BST 2021

On Wed, Apr 07, 2021 at 08:56:37PM +0900, Damien Le Moal wrote:
> Commit 2217b9826246 ("binfmt_flat: revert "binfmt_flat: don't offset
> the data start"") restored offsetting the start of the data section by
> a number of words defined by MAX_SHARED_LIBS. As a result, since
> MAX_SHARED_LIBS is never 0, a gap between the text and data sections
> always exist. For architecture which cannot support a such gap between
> the text and data sections (e.g. riscv nommu), flat binary programs
> cannot be executed.
> To allow an architecture to request contiguous text and data sections,
> introduce the macro FLAT_TEXT_DATA_NO_GAP which can be defined by the
> architecture in its asm/flat.h file. With this change, the macro
> DATA_GAP_WORDS is conditionally defined in binfmt_flat.c to
> MAX_SHARED_LIBS for architectures tolerating the gap
> (FLAT_TEXT_DATA_NO_GAP undefined case) and to 0 when
> FLAT_TEXT_DATA_NO_GAP is defined. DATA_GAP_WORDS is used in
> load_flat_file() to calculate the data section length and start
> position.
> The definition of FLAT_TEXT_DATA_NO_GAP by an architecture also
> prevents the use of the separate text/data load case (when
> FLAT_FLAG_RAM and FLAT_FLAG_GZIP are not set with NOMMU kernels).

Please make this a CONFIG_* option selected by the architecture,
which also allows to use IS_ENABLED() to error out early for
your check.

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