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From: Andrew Donnellan <>
Cc:, Anton Blanchard <>,
Subject: [PATCH stable 4.4] powerpc/boot: Request no dynamic linker for boot wrapper
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:59:41 +1100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

From: Nicholas Piggin <>

Commit ff45000fcb56b5b0f1a14a865d3541746d838a0a upstream.

The boot wrapper performs its own relocations and does not require
PT_INTERP segment. However currently we don't tell the linker that.

Prior to binutils 2.28 that works OK. But since binutils commit
1a9ccd70f9a7 ("Fix the linker so that it will not silently generate ELF
binaries with invalid program headers. Fix readelf to report such
invalid binaries.") binutils tries to create a program header segment
due to PT_INTERP, and the link fails because there is no space for it:

  ld: arch/powerpc/boot/zImage.pseries: Not enough room for program headers, try linking with -N
  ld: final link failed: Bad value

So tell the linker not to do that, by passing --no-dynamic-linker.

Reported-by: Anton Blanchard <>
Signed-off-by: Nicholas Piggin <>
[mpe: Drop dependency on and massage change log]
Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <>
[ajd: backport to v4.4 (resolve conflict with a comment line)]
Signed-off-by: Andrew Donnellan <>
 arch/powerpc/boot/wrapper | 24 +++++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 23 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/boot/wrapper b/arch/powerpc/boot/wrapper
index ceaa75d5a684..be4831acda22 100755
--- a/arch/powerpc/boot/wrapper
+++ b/arch/powerpc/boot/wrapper
@@ -161,6 +161,28 @@ case "$elfformat" in
     elf32-powerpc)	format=elf32ppc	;;
+    # Poached from scripts/, but we don't want to call that because
+    # this script (wrapper) is distributed separately from the kernel source.
+    # Extract linker version number from stdin and turn into single number.
+    awk '{
+	gsub(".*\\)", "");
+	gsub(".*version ", "");
+	gsub("-.*", "");
+	split($1,a, ".");
+	print a[1]*100000000 + a[2]*1000000 + a[3]*10000;
+	exit
+    }'
+# Do not include PT_INTERP segment when linking pie. Non-pie linking
+# just ignores this option.
+LD_VERSION=$(${CROSS}ld --version | ld_version)
+LD_NO_DL_MIN_VERSION=$(echo 2.26 | ld_version)
+if [ "$LD_VERSION" -ge "$LD_NO_DL_MIN_VERSION" ] ; then
+	nodl="--no-dynamic-linker"
@@ -412,7 +434,7 @@ if [ "$platform" != "miboot" ]; then
     if [ -n "$link_address" ] ; then
         text_start="-Ttext $link_address"
-    ${CROSS}ld -m $format -T $lds $text_start $pie -o "$ofile" \
+    ${CROSS}ld -m $format -T $lds $text_start $pie $nodl -o "$ofile" \
 	$platformo $tmp $object/wrapper.a
     rm $tmp

             reply	other threads:[~2019-11-12  7:02 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 2+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-12  6:59 Andrew Donnellan [this message]
2019-11-14  6:02 ` [PATCH stable 4.4] powerpc/boot: Request no dynamic linker for boot wrapper Greg KH

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