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Re: [PATCHv6] Fix _dl_profile_fixup data-dependency issue (Bug 23690)

Carlos O'Donell <> writes:

> On 11/30/18 11:22 AM, Tulio Magno Quites Machado Filho wrote:
>> There is a data-dependency between the fields of struct l_reloc_result
>> and the field used as the initialization guard. Users of the guard
>> expect writes to the structure to be observable when they also observe
>> the guard initialized. The solution for this problem is to use an acquire
>> and release load and store to ensure previous writes to the structure are
>> observable if the guard is initialized.
>> The previous implementation used DL_FIXUP_VALUE_ADDR (l_reloc_result->addr)
>> as the initialization guard, making it impossible for some architectures
>> to load and store it atomically, i.e. hppa and ia64, due to its larger size.
>> This commit adds an unsigned int to l_reloc_result to be used as the new
>> initialization guard of the struct, making it possible to load and store
>> it atomically in all architectures. The fix ensures that the values
>> observed in l_reloc_result are consistent and do not lead to crashes.
>> The algorithm is documented in the code in elf/dl-runtime.c
>> (_dl_profile_fixup). Not all data races have been eliminated.
>> Tested with build-many-glibcs and on powerpc, powerpc64, and powerpc64le.
> Perfect. Please commit to master :-)
> Reviewed-by: Carlos O'Donell <>

Pushed as e5d262effe3a87164308a3f37e61b32d0348692a.


Tulio Magno

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