[10] RFR(S) 8183262: noexecstack check in os::dll_load on Linux is too expensive

Thomas Stüfe thomas.stuefe at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 19:44:14 UTC 2017

Hi Vladimir,

This seems fine, but I am a bit concerned that this misuses an
inconsistency in the API, namely the fact that specifies_noexecstack()
behaves differently than all other functions (re-read the file each time it
is called instead of using cached information). In order to understand the
"load_tables" argument in the constructor, one has to understand that odd
design, and know that load_tables=false means the only method which can be
used is specifies_noexecstack().

As a proposal, could you instead make specifies_noexecstack() a static
function in ElfFile, such that:

static bool ElfFile::specifies_noexecstack(const char* filename);

Then it would be immediately clear that this function is to be used without
constructing the ElfFile object.

Kind Regards, Thomas

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 7:07 PM, Vladimir Kozlov <vladimir.kozlov at oracle.com
> wrote:

> webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~kvn/8183262/webrev/
> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8183262
> To load AOT library we use os::dll_load() method provided on all platforms.
> During investigation why AOT library load takes so long on Linux I found
> that it spend most of time in ElfFile::load_tables() method which looks for
> string tables in library. It is called from ElfFile() constructor used in
> os::dll_load() just to check if library is built with noexecstack:
>  if (os::uses_stack_guard_pages() && !os::Linux::_stack_is_executable) {
>    ElfFile ef(filename);
>    if (!ef.specifies_noexecstack()) {
> There is no need for string tables load in such case. Avoiding loads helps
> a lot:
> without fix:
> [0.047s][info][aot,startuptime] AOT initialization, 0.0424919 secs
> with fix:
> [0.002s][info][aot,startuptime] AOT initialization, 0.0002087 secs
> Note, JDK 9 is not affected because AOT uses system dlopen() since only
> Linux is supported.
> Thanks,
> Vladimir

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