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[PATCH] command argument "--preload"

Hello all,

I'm new here, so I'm probably doing this wrong.  Please tell me what I should be doing.


Add a --preload command argument to (aka rtld.c)


I worked around a deficiency in a 3rd party binary, via LD_PRELOAD, however any sub-process invoked by that binary tried (as advertised) to load the library, too.  When I needed to run the (32-bit) binary under a 64-bit OS, I found that the sub-processes worked, but elicited an ugly error about wrong ELF class.  What I needed was a way of preloading a library for only the binary that I was executing, and not for any sub-process (e.g. executed via system(3)).

I feel that a --preload argument is a minor change on top of which the LD_PRELOAD environment variable should be built.  That is, there should be a way to preload a library without it propagating to all sub-processes.

Here is my patch.


--- elf/rtld.c.orig	2018-08-22 22:14:20.584489324 +0930
+++ elf/rtld.c	2018-08-22 22:17:22.151716644 +0930
@@ -745,6 +745,8 @@
 static const char *preloadlist attribute_relro;
 /* Nonzero if information about versions has to be printed.  */
 static int version_info attribute_relro;
+/* The preload list passed as a command argument. */
+static const char *preloadarg attribute_relro;
/* The LD_PRELOAD environment variable gives list of libraries
    separated by white space or colons that are loaded before the
@@ -752,8 +754,9 @@
    (If the binary is running setuid all elements containing a '/' are
    ignored since it is insecure.)  Return the number of preloads
    performed.  */
+/* Ditto for --preload command argument */
 unsigned int
-handle_ld_preload (const char *preloadlist, struct link_map *main_map)
+handle_preload_list (const char *preloadlist, struct link_map *main_map, const char *where)
   unsigned int npreloads = 0;
   const char *p = preloadlist;
@@ -777,7 +780,7 @@
if (dso_name_valid_for_suid (fname))
-	npreloads += do_preload (fname, main_map, "LD_PRELOAD");
+	npreloads += do_preload (fname, main_map, where);
   return npreloads;
@@ -902,6 +905,13 @@
 	    _dl_argc -= 2;
 	    _dl_argv += 2;
+	else if (! strcmp(_dl_argv[1], "--preload") && _dl_argc > 2)
+	  {
+	    preloadarg = _dl_argv[2];
+	    _dl_skip_args += 2;
+	    _dl_argc -= 2;
+	    _dl_argv += 2;
+	  }
@@ -930,7 +940,8 @@
 			variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH\n\
   --inhibit-rpath LIST  ignore RUNPATH and RPATH information in object names\n\
 			in LIST\n\
-  --audit LIST          use objects named in LIST as auditors\n");
+  --audit LIST          use objects named in LIST as auditors\n\
+  --preload LIST        preload objects named in LIST\n");
@@ -1536,7 +1547,16 @@
   if (__glibc_unlikely (preloadlist != NULL))
       HP_TIMING_NOW (start);
-      npreloads += handle_ld_preload (preloadlist, main_map);
+      npreloads += handle_preload_list (preloadlist, main_map, "LD_PRELOAD");
+      HP_TIMING_NOW (stop);
+      HP_TIMING_DIFF (diff, start, stop);
+      HP_TIMING_ACCUM_NT (load_time, diff);
+    }
+  if (__glibc_unlikely (preloadarg != NULL))
+    {
+      HP_TIMING_NOW (start);
+      npreloads += handle_preload_list (preloadarg, main_map, "--preload");
       HP_TIMING_NOW (stop);
       HP_TIMING_DIFF (diff, start, stop);
       HP_TIMING_ACCUM_NT (load_time, diff);

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