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Re: Copy relocations against protected symbols

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 7:10 PM, Alan Modra <> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 03:06:14PM -0800, H.J. Lu wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM, Alan Modra <> wrote:
>> > On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 11:02:59AM -0800, H.J. Lu wrote:
>> >> Adding glibc.
>> >>
>> >> On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM, Cary Coutant <> wrote:
>> >> >> Should we simply disallow creating DSO with protected data on targets
>> >> >> with copy relocation?
>> >> >
>> >> > I don't think so. Protected symbols are useful, and their presence
>> >>
>> >> As soon as they are used in executable, the program will misbehave.
>> >
>> > Not if the references in the executable are in code compiled with
>> > -fPIC.  I agree with Cary, disallowing protected visibility variables
>> It only works with -fPIC, not -fPIE when GCC 5 is used:
> That optimisation may not be such a good idea.  What you gain in an
> executable by using .dynbss, you lose in a shared library by not being
> able to use protected visibility.  So for hot variables accessed
> mostly by a shared library you'd want to turn this optimisation off.

You are assuming there are more hot protected data access inside
DSO than normal data access in executable/PIE.

Protected data in DSO doesn't work with executable nor PIE when
GCC 5 is used.  Compiler doesn't even know an external definition
will be protected.  Unless we make it to work with executable and
PIE+GCC 5, I doubt it is very useful on x86.  Since it never worked,
I don't think anyone will miss it on x86.


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