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Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 20:44:20 -0500
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Re: fixing -fPIE + -fstack-protector-all

On Wed, Nov 05, 2014 at 05:34:49PM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On 11/05/2014 07:43 AM, Rich Felker wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 05, 2014 at 04:25:03PM +0100, John Spencer wrote:
> >> using -fPIE + -fstack-protector-all is currently broken for a number
> >> of architectures (most notably i386) in the default gcc setup
> >> (including the musl-cross patches), as it depends on a
> >> libssp_nonshared.a which provides __stack_chk_fail_local().
> > 
> > As discussed on IRC, I would _like_ to be able to simply add the
> > following to crt/i386/crti.s:
> > 
> > __stack_chk_fail_local: hlt
> > 
> > and equivalent for other archs. This has the added benefit of
> > effecting a crash without going through the PLT (whereas
> > libssp_nonshared.a's __stack_chk_fail_local calls __stack_chk_fail via
> > the PLT) so it's not vulnerable to attacks that have overwritten the
> > GOT with malicious pointers.
> > 
> > However, this proposed solution breaks one odd corner case: static
> > linking when all the source files were compiled with -fPIC or -fPIE.
> > In that case, there would be no references to __stack_chk_fail, only
> > to __stack_chk_fail_local, and thereby __init_ssp would not get
> > linked, and a zero canary would be used.
> Can you do something like:
> __stack_chk_fail_local:
>   hlt
>   .pushsection .discard
>   call __init_ssp
>   .popsection
> and stick it in either its own object or its own group?  Or is ld too
> clever for that?

That certainly could go in libssp_nonshared.a, and it could be
implemented in C as:

void __stack_chk_fail_local()

void __stack_chk_fail_ref()

or similar. However this couldn't be done by putting it in crti.s
since crti.o is always linked and the effect would just be the same as
unconditionally initializing the stack pointer (but less optimizable).


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