[ipxe-devel] Unrecognised relocation type R_X86_64_32S in util/elf2efi64

Michael Brown mcb30 at ipxe.org
Thu Feb 12 13:41:43 UTC 2015

On 12/02/15 11:45, Jan Kundrát wrote:
> I'm actually on "Hardened Gentoo" which does patch its GCC, but I did
> take care to switch to a vanilla GCC as well, and the end result was the
> same. If I use unmodified GCC as provided by Gentoo and after a `git
> clean -dxf` in my src/, I still get these relocations, and the command
> invoking GCC remains the same. Am I cleaning stuff thoroughly enough?

I _think_ that a non-hardened gcc will not recognise "-nopie" and so 
would not cause iPXE to apply the workaround.  I may be wrong about this.

I don't have a Gentoo system on which to test.  Could you try applying 
the attached patch (which moves the workaround to i386-only) and see if 
this fixes your problem?

If it does work, could you also try "make everything" and then verify 
that you can run




>> I'm fairly sure there's no way to generate an equivalent PE relocation
>> for R_X86_64_32S, since UEFI allows objects to be loaded anywhere
>> within the 64-bit address space.
> I don't understand the object formats nor the amd64 ABI, but I am a bit
> surprised that R_X86_64_32 is supported, then. Is that a direct result
> of zero-extension vs. sign-extension?

It probably shouldn't be.  A quick check shows that the only instance of 
R_X86_64_32 in my build occurs in gdbstub_test.S, which is 
32-bit-specific code which shouldn't really be in the 64-bit build 
anyway and won't get linked in to any practical UEFI build.

The corresponding code in wimboot _does_ support R_X86_64_32 (and 
R_X86_64_32S) and does encounter instances of R_X86_64_32, but that's 
because of the way that wimboot (ab)uses the toolchain to build a 
combined 32/64-bit binary.

I've pushed a fix to iPXE which will cause build failures if the 
toolchain generates R_X86_64_32 records:



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