Fix for PR24155 on PPC

It would appear that the fix for really only applies to X86. Which I suppose is fine since that’s where the bug was reported.

However, we’ve recently upgraded the OS’s on some of our PPC64 systems and are hitting the same problems. I certainly wouldn’t mind providing a similar fix for PPC, but I don’t know what the values in MemoryMapParams mean nor what they should be set to.

I am hoping that someone can explain to me what those mean and what they should be set to as well as how this relates to the kernel we’re on.


this is easier to understand by reading msan source in compiler-rt.
See MappingDesc, CheckMemoryLayoutSanity(), InitShadow().
Specifically, these constants must match the definitions of

Basically, you need to identify all possible memory addresses that may
be occupied by the time MSan is initialized. These are usually binary
and library mappings, main thread stack, etc. Think about different
modes like ASLR on/off, pie/no-pie, etc. All of these addresses, plus
the heap (see kAllocatorSpace, you control that) must belong to
MappingDesc::APP regions. See CheckMemoryLayoutSanity for other

Looking how a running program is laid out in memory we can see how things changed and moved around.

Old kernel:
10000000-10010000 r-xp 00000000 fd:02 3192069 pgm
10010000-10020000 rw-p 00000000 fd:02 3192069 pgm
80c52e0000-80c5310000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 2228231 /lib64/
80c5310000-80c5320000 r--p 00020000 fd:00 2228231 /lib64/
80c5320000-80c5330000 rw-p 00030000 fd:00 2228231 /lib64/
80c5330000-80c54f0000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 2228242 /lib64/
80c54f0000-80c5500000 r--p 001b0000 fd:00 2228242 /lib64/
80c5500000-80c5520000 rw-p 001c0000 fd:00 2228242 /lib64/
fff842e0000-fff84300000 r-xp 00000000 00:00 0 [vdso]
fffc2ac0000-fffc2c10000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0 [stack]

New kernel:
10000000-10010000 r-xp 00000000 fc:00 32966843 pgm 10010000-10020000 r--p 00000000 fc:00 32966843 pgm
10020000-10030000 rw-p 00010000 fc:00 32966843 pgm
3fff97730000-3fff978e0000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 12452256 /lib/powerpc64le-linux-gnu/
3fff978e0000-3fff978f0000 r--p 001a0000 08:02 12452256 /lib/powerpc64le-linux-gnu/
3fff978f0000-3fff97900000 rw-p 001b0000 08:02 12452256 /lib/powerpc64le-linux-gnu/
3fff97930000-3fff97950000 r-xp 00000000 00:00 0 [vdso]
3fff97950000-3fff97990000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 12452170 /lib/powerpc64le-linux-gnu/
3fff97990000-3fff979a0000 r--p 00030000 08:02 12452170 /lib/powerpc64le-linux-gnu/
3fff979a0000-3fff979b0000 rw-p 00040000 08:02 12452170 /lib/powerpc64le-linux-gnu/
3ffffda10000-3ffffda40000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0 [stack]

Note that this changes again with the even newer powerpc64 kernel that uses a 47 bit VMA (previously 44/46).