Hi,

I'd like to be able to mark an ELF binary in such a way that Linux's
binfmt_elf.c will collapse a PIE text area into the mmap region
(currently they are separately randomized in memory). This is desired
by AddressSanitizer to avoid having an ASan-built binary have its text
area moving into an unexpected location[1] (ASLR is still desired, but
doesn't need to have a PIE/mmap split).

I see a few ways:

- Add parsing for NOTE program headers and add a new NOTE type
(NT_GNU_EXEC_FLAGS), though notes tend to be strings...

- Add a new Program Header (GNU_EXEC_FLAGS), which is similar to how
GNU_STACK and GNU_RELRO were handled. This could sort of be like NOTE
except just lots of bit flags.

- Use a filesystem xattr. This is fragile, in the case of copying
binaries between systems or filesystems.

Thoughts?

-Kees

[1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/8/7/770

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Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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