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Date: Tue, 5 May 2020 16:56:24 -0500
From: Segher Boessenkool <>
To: Nicholas Piggin <>
Cc: Adhemerval Zanella <>,
        Rich Felker <>,,,,
        Andy Lutomirski <>,,
        Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Vincenzo Frascino <>,
Subject: Re: New powerpc vdso calling convention


On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 12:39:22PM +1000, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> Excerpts from Adhemerval Zanella's message of April 27, 2020 11:09 pm:
> >> Right, I'm just talking about those comments -- it seems like the kernel 
> >> vdso should contain an .opd section with function descriptors in it for
> >> elfv1 calls, rather than the hack it has now of creating one in the 
> >> caller's .data section.
> >> 
> >> But all that function descriptor code is gated by
> >> 
> >> #if (defined(__PPC64__) || defined(__powerpc64__)) && _CALL_ELF != 2
> >> 
> >> So it seems PPC32 does not use function descriptors but a direct pointer 
> >> to the entry point like PPC64 with ELFv2.
> > 
> > Yes, this hack is only for ELFv1.  The missing ODP has not been an issue 
> > or glibc because it has been using the inline assembly to emulate the 
> > functions call since initial vDSO support (INTERNAL_VSYSCALL_CALL_TYPE).
> > It just has become an issue when I added a ifunc optimization to 
> > gettimeofday so it can bypass the and make plt branch to vDSO 
> > directly.
> I can't understand if it's actually a problem for you or not.
> Regardless if you can hack around it, it seems to me that if we're going 
> to add sane calling conventions to the vdso, then we should also just 
> have a .opd section for it as well, whether or not a particular libc 
> requires it.

An OPD ("official procedure descriptor") is required for every function,
to have proper C semantics, so that pointers to functions (which are
pointers to descriptors, in fact) are unique.  You can "manually" make
descriptors just fine, and use those to call functions -- but you cannot
(in general) use a pointer to such a "fake" descriptor as the "id" of
the function.

The way the ABIs define the OPDs makes them guaranteed unique.


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