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

From: HATAYAMA Daisuke
Date: Thu Mar 21 2013 - 20:30:51 EST

From: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 17/21] vmcore: check NT_VMCORE_PAD as a mark indicating the end of ELF note buffer
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:36:56 -0400

> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 08:54:25PM -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> [..]
>> > Also, it's possible to get size of a whole part of ELF note segments
>> > from p_memsz or p_filesz, and gdb and binutils are reading the note
>> > segments until reaching the size.
>> Agreed. Except in our weird case where we generate the notes on the
>> fly, and generate the NOTE segment header much earlier.
> And in our case we don't know the size of ELF note. Kernel is not
> exporting the size. So kexec-tools is putting an upper limit of 1024
> and putting that value in p_memsz and p_filesz fields.
> Given the fact that we are reserving elf notes at boot. That means
> we know the size of ELF notes. It should make sense to export it
> to user space and let kexec-tools put right values.
> In fact looks like /sys/kernel/vmcoreinfo is exporting two values. Address
> and size. (This is kind of violation of sysfs poilcy of one value per
> file). But for per cpu notes, we are exporting only address and not
> size.

IIRC, Greg Norman pointed out this violation of vmcoreinfo file when
he found some monthes ago.

> /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu<n>/crash_notes
> May be we should export another file
> /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu<n>/crash_notes_size
> and let kexec-tools parse it.

Anyway, I think of this issue as beyond the scope of what I'm working


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