Bug 20188 - libpthread IFUNC resolver for vfork can lead to crash
Summary: libpthread IFUNC resolver for vfork can lead to crash
Alias: None
Product: glibc
Classification: Unclassified
Component: nptl (show other bugs)
Version: 2.24
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: 2.30
Assignee: Florian Weimer
Depends on: 24741 24757
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Reported: 2016-06-01 05:54 UTC by Florian Weimer
Modified: 2019-09-03 06:55 UTC (History)
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Description Florian Weimer 2016-06-01 05:54:26 UTC
This is a continuation of bug 19861, which reported essentially the same issue for fork instead of vfork.  vfork is more difficult to fix because of the tail call requirement (otherwise the return address on the stack in the caller can be clobbered by the vfork subprocess).
Comment 1 Florian Weimer 2019-07-02 14:29:34 UTC
Patch: https://sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2019-06/msg00925.html

It currently does not work due to bug 24757.
Comment 2 Sourceware Commits 2019-07-02 15:06:33 UTC
The master branch has been updated by Florian Weimer <fw@sourceware.org>:


commit 41d6f74e6cb6a92ab428c11ee1e408b2a16aa1b0
Author: Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com>
Date:   Tue Jul 2 15:12:20 2019 +0200

    nptl: Remove vfork IFUNC-based forwarder from libpthread [BZ #20188]
    With commit f0b2132b35248c1f4a80f62a2c38cddcc802aa8c ("ld.so:
    Support moving versioned symbols between sonames [BZ #24741]"), the
    dynamic linker will find the definition of vfork in libc and binds
    a vfork reference to that symbol, even if the soname in the version
    reference says that the symbol should be located in libpthread.
    As a result, the forwarder (whether it's IFUNC-based or a duplicate
    of the libc implementation) is no longer necessary.
    On older architectures, a placeholder symbol is required, to make sure
    that the GLIBC_2.1.2 symbol version does not go away, or is turned in
    to a weak symbol definition by the link editor.  (The symbol version
    needs to preserved so that the symbol coverage check in
    elf/dl-version.c does not fail for old binaries.)
    mips32 is an outlier: It defined __vfork@@GLIBC_2.2, but the
    baseline is GLIBC_2.0.  Since there are other @@GLIBC_2.2 symbols,
    the placeholder symbol is not needed there.
Comment 3 Florian Weimer 2019-07-02 15:07:46 UTC
Fixed in 2.30.