recordmcount: Fix spurious mcount entries on powerpc [Linux 4.4.187]

This Linux kernel change "recordmcount: Fix spurious mcount entries on powerpc" is included in the Linux 4.4.187 release. This change is authored by Naveen N. Rao <naveen.n.rao [at]> on Thu Jun 27 00:08:01 2019 +0530. The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is efe18f7 (patch) which is from upstream commit 80e5302. The same Linux upstream change may have been applied to various maintained Linux releases and you can find all Linux releases containing changes from upstream 80e5302.

recordmcount: Fix spurious mcount entries on powerpc

[ Upstream commit 80e5302e4bc85a6b685b7668c36c6487b5f90e9a ]

An impending change to enable HAVE_C_RECORDMCOUNT on powerpc leads to
warnings such as the following:

  # modprobe kprobe_example
  ftrace-powerpc: Not expected bl: opcode is 3c4c0001
  WARNING: CPU: 0 PID: 227 at kernel/trace/ftrace.c:2001 ftrace_bug+0x90/0x318
  Modules linked in:
  CPU: 0 PID: 227 Comm: modprobe Not tainted 5.2.0-rc6-00678-g1c329100b942 #2
  NIP:  c000000000264318 LR: c00000000025d694 CTR: c000000000f5cd30
  REGS: c000000001f2b7b0 TRAP: 0700   Not tainted  (5.2.0-rc6-00678-g1c329100b942)
  MSR:  900000010282b033 <SF,HV,VEC,VSX,EE,FP,ME,IR,DR,RI,LE,TM[E]>  CR: 28228222  XER: 00000000
  CFAR: c0000000002642fc IRQMASK: 0
  NIP [c000000000264318] ftrace_bug+0x90/0x318
  LR [c00000000025d694] ftrace_process_locs+0x4f4/0x5e0
  Call Trace:
  [c000000001f2ba40] [0000000000000004] 0x4 (unreliable)
  [c000000001f2bad0] [c00000000025d694] ftrace_process_locs+0x4f4/0x5e0
  [c000000001f2bb90] [c00000000020ff10] load_module+0x25b0/0x30c0
  [c000000001f2bd00] [c000000000210cb0] sys_finit_module+0xc0/0x130
  [c000000001f2be20] [c00000000000bda4] system_call+0x5c/0x70
  Instruction dump:
  419e0018 2f83ffff 419e00bc 2f83ffea 409e00cc 4800001c 0fe00000 3c62ff96
  39000001 39400000 386386d0 480000c4 <0fe00000> 3ce20003 39000001 3c62ff96
  ---[ end trace 4c438d5cebf78381 ]---
  ftrace failed to modify
  [<c0080000012a0008>] 0xc0080000012a0008
   actual:   01:00:4c:3c
  Initializing ftrace call sites
  ftrace record flags: 2000000
   expected tramp: c00000000006af4c

Looking at the relocation records in __mcount_loc shows a few spurious

  RELOCATION RECORDS FOR [__mcount_loc]:
  OFFSET           TYPE              VALUE
  0000000000000000 R_PPC64_ADDR64    .text.unlikely+0x0000000000000008
  0000000000000008 R_PPC64_ADDR64    .text.unlikely+0x0000000000000014
  0000000000000010 R_PPC64_ADDR64    .text.unlikely+0x0000000000000060
  0000000000000018 R_PPC64_ADDR64    .text.unlikely+0x00000000000000b4
  0000000000000020 R_PPC64_ADDR64    .init.text+0x0000000000000008
  0000000000000028 R_PPC64_ADDR64    .init.text+0x0000000000000014

The first entry in each section is incorrect. Looking at the
relocation records, the spurious entries correspond to the
R_PPC64_ENTRY records:

  RELOCATION RECORDS FOR [.text.unlikely]:
  OFFSET           TYPE              VALUE
  0000000000000000 R_PPC64_REL64     .TOC.-0x0000000000000008
  0000000000000008 R_PPC64_ENTRY     *ABS*
  0000000000000014 R_PPC64_REL24     _mcount

The problem is that we are not validating the return value from
get_mcountsym() in sift_rel_mcount(). With this entry, mcountsym is 0,
but Elf_r_sym(relp) also ends up being 0. Fix this by ensuring
mcountsym is valid before processing the entry.

Signed-off-by: Naveen N. Rao <>
Acked-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <>
Tested-by: Satheesh Rajendran <>
Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>

There are 3 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.

 scripts/recordmcount.h | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/scripts/recordmcount.h b/scripts/recordmcount.h
index b9897e2..04151ed 100644
--- a/scripts/recordmcount.h
+++ b/scripts/recordmcount.h
@@ -326,7 +326,8 @@ static uint_t *sift_rel_mcount(uint_t *mlocp,
        if (!mcountsym)
            mcountsym = get_mcountsym(sym0, relp, str0);

-       if (mcountsym == Elf_r_sym(relp) && !is_fake_mcount(relp)) {
+       if (mcountsym && mcountsym == Elf_r_sym(relp) &&
+               !is_fake_mcount(relp)) {
            uint_t const addend =
                _w(_w(relp->r_offset) - recval + mcount_adjust);
            mrelp->r_offset = _w(offbase

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