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Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 09:45:48 -0700
From: Tony Lindgren <>
To: Ard Biesheuvel <>
Cc:,, Arnd Bergmann <>,
	Nicolas Pitre <>,
	Russell King <>,
	Kees Cook <>,
	Thomas Garnier <>,
	Marc Zyngier <>,
	Mark Rutland <>,
	Matt Fleming <>,
	Dave Martin <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 00/29] implement KASLR for ARM


* Ard Biesheuvel <> [170903 05:08]:
> This series implements randomization of the placement of the core ARM kernel
> inside the lowmem region. It consists of the following parts:
> - changes that allow us to build vmlinux as a PIE executable which retains
>   the metadata required to fix up all absolute symbol references at runtime
> - changes that eliminate absolute references from low-level code that may
>   execute with the MMU off: this removes the need to perform explicit cache
>   maintenance after the absolute references have been fixed up at runtime with
>   the caches enabled
> - changes to the core kernel startup code to take the physical offset into
>   account when creating the virtual mapping (the pa-to-va mapping remains
>   unchanged)
> - changes to the decompressor to collect some pseudo-entropy, and randomize
>   the physical offset of the decompressed kernel, taking placement of DTB,
>   initrd and reserved regions into account
> - changes to the UEFI stub code to choose the KASLR offset and communicate
>   it to the decompressor
> To test these changes, boot a multi_v7_defconfig+CONFIG_RANDOMIZE_BASE=y

I gave a quick try using your arm-kaslr-v3 branch, hopefully that's
the right one.

The good news is that now omap3 boots with omap2plus_defconfig with
and without CONFIG_RANDOMIZE_BASE=y and I did not see any compiler
errors with my gcc 6.2.0 like earlier :)

I did see boot attempts fail with randomize enable where no output
was produced. It seems this is happening for me maybe 1 out of 5 boots.
Enabling DEBUG_LL did not show anything either.

Then loading modules with CONFIG_RANDOMIZE_BASE=y seems to fail with:

$ sudo modprobe rtc-twl
rtc_twl: disagrees about version of symbol module_layout
modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'rtc_twl': Exec format error



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