Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 109918
executable code in .data in ld.so renders system unusable for PaX users
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
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Description of problem:
Due to an error somewhere in the toolchain or glibc itself, the
dl_sysinfo_int80() function ends up in the .data section of ld-
linux.so instead of its usual place .text. On systems that use a PaX
kernel this will make all dynamically linked applications die and
render the system unusable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. install a PaX kernel (http://pageexec.virtualave.net)
2. enable the SEGMEXEC and MPROTECT options, recompile/reboot
3. watch syslog/console as dynamically linked applications run and
Actual Results: PaX will kill dynamically linked applications and
report messages like:
Nov 12 21:45:50 goliath kernel: PAX: terminating task: /bin/ls
(ls):2323, uid/euid: 0/0, PC: 268a8440, SP: 5f908958
Nov 12 21:45:50 goliath kernel: PAX: bytes at PC: cd 80 c3 00 0e 00
00 00 b0 02 00 00 04 00 00 00 94 30 89 26
Note that addresses are randomized but based on the reported byte
sequence you can quickly find and identify dl_sysinfo_int80 as the
Expected Results: No errors, apps should have worked as before.
After having looked in the corresponding .src.rpm it's not clear
where the error was introduced, the source code properly puts the
code in question into .text, so it might be a problem with
Please try ftp://people.redhat.com/jakub/glibc/errata/2.3.2-27.9.7/
Work around that I found if you have a custom kernel. Boot into a Red
Hat standard kernel and force install glibc-2.3.2-27.9.6.i386.rpm and
then reboot into your custom kernel.
The version 2.3.2-27.9.7 is working except for /usr/sbin/iconvconfig
Nov 13 08:29:24 goliath kernel: PAX: terminating task:
/usr/sbin/iconvconfig(iconvconfig):3078, uid/euid: 0/0, PC: 5eed1030,
Nov 13 08:29:24 goliath kernel: PAX: bytes at PC: b9 90 10 ed 5e e9 36
8a 17 a9 ed 5e 7f 98 04 08 f8 d8 07 08
look like it break the install of the rpm in the %post section
error: %post(glibc-2.3.2-27.9.7) scriptlet failed, exit status 115
If PaX doesn't handle programs using nested functions whose address
is taken, then it is broken IMHO.
See Exec-Shield in Fedora Core 1 for a (better) alternative.
PaX handles nested function trampolines by emulating them however
this requires that users explicitly enable this feature (both in the
kernel .config and on affected binaries). Work is in progress to do
this automatically based on the PT_GNU_STACK marking (note that this
particular series of glibc releases does not carry such markings so
they would still require user intervention).
The suggested alternative is not acceptable to PaX users because of
its lesser security features, also it is an apples to oranges
comparison as iconvconfig in Fedora has been explicitly modified to
not use nested functions (see the move of
iconv/iconvconfig.c:name_insert() in glibc-redhat.patch), obviously
that will work with a non-executable stack, be that provided by Exec-
Shield or PaX.
iconvconfig in Fedora doesn't use trampolines simply because I needed
that patch when Exec-Shield did not honor PT_GNU_STACK yet.
But as iconvconfig is single threaded, it really doesn't have to use
the trampolines, so I kept the patch. It would work just fine even
without it though in FC1.