RFC: x86: Enable -z separate-code by default

Florian Weimer fweimer@redhat.com
Mon Feb 19 14:22:00 GMT 2018

On 02/19/2018 03:15 PM, H.J. Lu wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 5:37 AM, Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com> wrote:
>> On 02/19/2018 02:15 PM, H.J. Lu wrote:
>>> This patch enables -z separate-code by default for x86.  To reduce
>>> x86-64 binary size, set ELF_MAXPAGESIZE to 4KB.
>> What is the reason for doing that?
> This avoids loading code pages which also contains data.
> This improves cache performance as well as security.

Surely this change *reduces* the effectiveness of the page cache because 
the file is larger.

For the other caches, wouldn't it be possible to achieve the same effect 
by aligning section boundaries to the cache line size?


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