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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v3 0/2] Clear .bss for VP guests

On 02/26/2016 05:53 AM, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
El 25/2/16 a les 16:16, Boris Ostrovsky ha escrit:
PV guests need to have their .bss zeroed out since it is not guaranteed
to be cleared by Xen's domain builder
I guess I'm missing something, but elf_load_image (in libelf-loader.c)
seems to be able to clear segments (it will zero the memory between
p_paddr + p_filesz and p_paddr + p_memsz) while loading the ELF into
memory, so if the program headers are correctly setup the .bss should be
zeroed out AFAICT.

Right, but I don't think this is guaranteed. It's uninitialized data so in principle it can be anything.

The ELF spec says "the system initializes the data with zero when the program begins to run" which I read as it's up to runtime and not the loader to do so.

And since kernel does it explicitly on baremetal path I think it's a good idea for PV to do the same.


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