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Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2020 14:41:07 -0700
From: Kees Cook <>
To: "Frank Ch. Eigler" <>
Cc: Joe Lawrence <>,
	Evgenii Shatokhin <>,
	Kristen Carlson Accardi <>,
	Miroslav Benes <>,,,,,,,,,, Josh Poimboeuf <>,
	Jessica Yu <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 00/10] Function Granular KASLR

On Mon, Aug 03, 2020 at 05:12:28PM -0400, Frank Ch. Eigler wrote:
> Hi -
> On Mon, Aug 03, 2020 at 01:11:27PM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> > [...]
> > > Systemtap needs to know base addresses of loaded text & data sections,
> > > in order to perform relocation of probe point PCs and context data
> > > addresses.  It uses /sys/module/...., kind of under protest, because
> > > there seems to exist no MODULE_EXPORT'd API to get at that information
> > > some other way.
> > 
> > Wouldn't /proc/kallsysms entries cover this? I must be missing
> > something...
> We have relocated based on sections, not some subset of function
> symbols accessible that way, partly because DWARF line- and DIE- based
> probes can map to addresses some way away from function symbols, into
> function interiors, or cloned/moved bits of optimized code.  It would
> take some work to prove that function-symbol based heuristic
> arithmetic would have just as much reach.

Interesting. Do you have an example handy? It seems like something like
that would reference the enclosing section, which means we can't just
leave them out of the sysfs list... (but if such things never happen in
the function-sections, then we *can* remove them...)

Kees Cook

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