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bug#33174: 27.0.50; Dump fails on GNU/Linux ppc64le

From: Thomas Fitzsimmons
Subject: bug#33174: 27.0.50; Dump fails on GNU/Linux ppc64le
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:14:44 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Paul Eggert <eggert@cs.ucla.edu> writes:

> Thomas Fitzsimmons wrote:
>> It looks like the second patch still disables ASLR unconditionally on
>> PPC64.  If you want to suggest experiments I can try on my system, maybe
>> I can attempt a fix so that ASLR can be disabled only during dumping on
>> PPC64 like on other archiectures.  Or do you know that's an
>> impossibility for some reason?
> I don't recall the reason that ppc64 is different, but you can
> experiment by applying the attached patch. To help with the detective
> work you might look at the thread containing this email:
> https://sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2016-07/msg00538.html

I read through that thread, then tried the patch.  I was surprised that
everything seems to work:

   - Bootstrap works within a reasonable amount of RAM (limited with
     ulimit -d to make sure it didn't spike up to 12 GB).

   - The Emacs process (run as ./src/emacs from the build directory):

      - does not use 12 GB of RAM (i.e., RAM usage is reasonable after
        opening a C file, src/xdisp.c).

      - has a /proc/<pid>/personality value of 00000000.

      - runs subprocesses with a /proc/self/personality value of

My system has glibc 2.24.  src/config.h has "#define HYBRID_MALLOC 1".
Hybrid malloc was proposed as a proper fix during that discussion, but
wasn't enabled by default at the time.  Given that I configured with
just "./configure --with-x-toolkit=lucid", it seems that hybrid malloc
is enabled by default now.  I'm not sure if this would now work on older
glibc versions as well, but in case it doesn't, what about something
like the attached for master?

Are there other tests I should try, to reveal problems?  If the patch
looks OK, I should probably also test it on Fedora as part of a local
Rawhide Emacs package build, since lots of the discussion was about
getting that working reliably.


>From d69509b909bc35b0908e40a9be741e9ef38b3402 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Thomas Fitzsimmons <fitzsim@fitzsim.org>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:07:49 -0500
Subject: [PATCH] Enable ASLR on PPC64 when glibc version is >= 2.24

* src/sysdep.c (maybe_disable_address_randomization): Disable
randomization on PPC64 only when glibc version is less than 2.24.
 src/sysdep.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/src/sysdep.c b/src/sysdep.c
index ddcb594f66..1a863e65ab 100644
--- a/src/sysdep.c
+++ b/src/sysdep.c
@@ -164,7 +164,8 @@ maybe_disable_address_randomization (bool dumping, int 
argc, char **argv)
   if (argc < 2 || strcmp (argv[1], aslr_disabled_option) != 0)
       bool disable_aslr = dumping;
-# ifdef __PPC64__
+# if defined(__PPC64__) \
+  && (__GLIBC__ < 2 || (__GLIBC__ == 2 && __GLIBC_MINOR__ < 24))
       disable_aslr = true;
 # endif
       exec_personality = disable_aslr ? personality (0xffffffff) : -1;

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