RFR: 8268129: LibraryLookup::ofDefault leaks symbols from loaded libraries [v7]

Jorn Vernee jvernee at openjdk.java.net
Tue Oct 12 21:30:53 UTC 2021

On Thu, 3 Jun 2021 20:49:44 GMT, Maurizio Cimadamore <mcimadamore at openjdk.org> wrote:

>> This patch overhauls the library loading mechanism used by the Foreign Linker API. We realized that, while handy, the *default* lookup abstraction (`LibraryLookup::ofDefault`) was behaving inconsistentlt across platforms.
>> This patch replaces `LibraryLookup` with a simpler `SymbolLookup` abstraction, a functional interface. Crucially, `SymbolLookup` does not concern with library loading, only symbol lookup. For this reason, two factories are added:
>> * `SymbolLookup::loaderLookup` - which obtains a lookup that can be used to lookup symbols in libraries loaded by current loader
>> * `CLinker::systemLookup` - a more stable replacement for the *default* lookup, which looks for symbols in libc.so (or its equivalent in other platforms). The contents of this lookup are unspecified.
>> Both factories are *restricted*, so they can only be called when `--enable-native-access` is set.
> Maurizio Cimadamore has updated the pull request incrementally with one additional commit since the last revision:
>   Address review comments on shim lib makefile

I think the reason it worked in JDK 16 is because all the symbols in the JVM were visible through the system lookup, and the JVM statically links the standard library (AFAIU). So, just because the VM code depended on something, it could be loaded by the system lookup. But, that would mean that not all symbols in the standard library were visible... and also, being able to find _any_ symbol in the JVM was a bug.

I think the only solution here - assuming that libc is not available as a dynamic library on typical AIX systems - is to figure out how to repackage these static libraries as a dynamic library, retaining all the symbols, and then bundle that dynamic library with the JDK.


PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/4316

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