File libelf-error-if-elf_compress_gnu-is-used-on-SHF_COMPRESSED.patch of Package elfutils.8903

From 56b18521fb8d46d40fc090c0de9d11a08bc982fa Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Mark Wielaard <>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 12:42:16 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] libelf: Return error if elf_compress_gnu is used on
References: bnc#1107066

Compressing a section that is already compressed is fine, but useless.
But it isn't possible to gnu compress (or decompress) a SHF_COMPRESSED
section since there is no state kept that would tell if the section was
first GNU compressed or first gabi compressed. Calling elf_compress_gnu
on a section and then calling elf_compress on it to decompress it twice
could cause a crash (the other way around is fine). Just disallow it.

elfutils packaging edits:
 - changelog hunk removed from original patch to avoid conflict

Signed-off-by: Mark Wielaard <>
 libelf/elf_compress_gnu.c | 4 +++-
 libelf/libelf.h           | 5 +++++
 3 files changed, 15 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/libelf/elf_compress_gnu.c b/libelf/elf_compress_gnu.c
index c35dc39..dfa7c57 100644
--- a/libelf/elf_compress_gnu.c
+++ b/libelf/elf_compress_gnu.c
@@ -80,7 +80,9 @@ elf_compress_gnu (Elf_Scn *scn, int inflate, unsigned int flags)
       sh_addralign = shdr->sh_addralign;
-  if ((sh_flags & SHF_ALLOC) != 0)
+  /* Allocated sections, or sections that are already are compressed
+     cannot (also) be GNU compressed.  */
+  if ((sh_flags & SHF_ALLOC) != 0 || (sh_flags & SHF_COMPRESSED))
       __libelf_seterrno (ELF_E_INVALID_SECTION_FLAGS);
       return -1;
diff --git a/libelf/libelf.h b/libelf/libelf.h
index 61f1923..d11358c 100644
--- a/libelf/libelf.h
+++ b/libelf/libelf.h
@@ -366,6 +366,11 @@ extern Elf64_Chdr *elf64_getchdr (Elf_Scn *__scn);
    It is an error to request compression for a section that already
    has SHF_COMPRESSED set, or (for elf_compress) to request
    decompression for an section that doesn't have SHF_COMPRESSED set.
+   If a section has SHF_COMPRESSED set then calling elf_compress_gnu
+   will result in an error.  The section has to be decompressed first
+   using elf_compress.  Calling elf_compress on a section compressed
+   with elf_compress_gnu is fine, but probably useless.
    It is always an error to call these functions on SHT_NOBITS
    sections or if the section has the SHF_ALLOC flag set.
    elf_compress_gnu will not check whether the section name starts
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