[PATCH v2 0/2] Fix binfmt_flat loader for RISC-V

Damien Le Moal damien.lemoal at wdc.com
Wed Apr 7 16:49:22 BST 2021

RISC-V NOMMU flat binaries cannot tolerate a gap between the text and
data section as the toolchain fully resolves at compile time the PC
relative global pointer (__global_pointer$ value loaded in gp register).
Without a relocation entry provided, the flat bin loader cannot fix the
value if a gap is introduced and executables fail to run.

This series fixes this problem by allowing an architecture to request
the flat loader to suppress the gap between the text and data sections.
The first patch fixes binfmt_flat flat_load_file() using the new
configuration option CONFIG_BINFMT_FLAT_NO_TEXT_DATA_GAP. The second
patch enables this option for RISCV NOMMU builds.

These patches do not change the binfmt_flat loader behavior for other

Changes from v1:
* Replace FLAT_TEXT_DATA_NO_GAP macro with
  CONFIG_BINFMT_FLAT_NO_TEXT_DATA_GAP config option (patch 1).
* Remove the addition of riscv/include/asm/flat.h and set

Damien Le Moal (2):
  binfmt_flat: allow not offsetting data start
  riscv: Disable text-data gap in flat binaries

 arch/riscv/Kconfig |  1 +
 fs/Kconfig.binfmt  |  3 +++
 fs/binfmt_flat.c   | 21 +++++++++++++++------
 3 files changed, 19 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)


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