Re: [PATCH v3 17/21] vmcore: check NT_VMCORE_PAD as a mark indicating the end of ELF note buffer

From: Eric W. Biederman
Date: Tue Mar 19 2013 - 17:12:08 EST

HATAYAMA Daisuke <d.hatayama@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> Modern kernel marks the end of ELF note buffer with NT_VMCORE_PAD type
> note in order to make the buffer satisfy mmap()'s page-size boundary
> requirement. This patch makes finishing reading each buffer if the
> note type now being read is NT_VMCORE_PAD type.

Ick. Even with a pad header you can mark the end with an empty header,
and my memory may be deceiving me but I believe an empty header is
specified by the ELF ABI docs.

Beyond which I don't quite see the point of any of this as all of these
headers need to be combined into a single note section before being
presented to user space.

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