[U-Boot-Users] Is there a redundant check in function "load_elf_image" in common/cmd_elf.c?

Ali Rouhi rouhi.ali at gmail.com
Fri Dec 7 20:14:30 CET 2007

Hi Haavard

A patch is attached. However your email jogged my memory. Before I posted my
original message I did a search on the archive and it seems a patch for
using program headers for loading was submitted over a year ago:


I haven't looked at it, but given what you wrote it may be a superior method
for fixing the problem.

Best Regards

On Dec 7, 2007 1:10 AM, Haavard Skinnemoen <hskinnemoen at atmel.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 6 Dec 2007 14:36:57 -0800
> "Ali Rouhi" <rouhi.ali at gmail.com> wrote:
> >         if (!(shdr->sh_flags & SHF_ALLOC)
> >            || shdr->sh_addr == 0 || shdr->sh_size == 0) {
> >             continue;
> >         }
> This looks bogus for several reasons. First, there's nothing wrong with
> placing a loadable section at address 0. Second, why is a _loader_
> looking at the section header anyway? Loaders are supposed to look at
> the program header, while the section header is for linkers and
> debuggers.
> The latter issue isn't that serious since the section header contains
> all the needed information, but an ELF file without a section header is
> still a valid ELF file that the loader should know how to deal with.
> > So I removed the "shdr->sh_addr == 0" check, recompiled u-boot (which
> > for me is not based at 0x0!) and was able to boot my ELF.
> I think that change makes sense; care to submit a patch? Although
> beware that when your application is loaded at address 0, NULL pointers
> can't really be used as NULL pointers anymore since they may point to
> valid data.
> Haavard
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