[llvm-dev] [RFC] Embedding Bitcode in Object Files

Smith, Kevin B via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Sat Feb 6 14:57:34 PST 2016


No, it is not more of a problem than with DWARF info. DWARF info definitely contains personally identifiable information.  However, people usually realize that is the case,
and will turn off or strip debug info if they are worried about such issues, or make a specific plan to cleanse that information.

You really just want to attempt to eliminate such information to the greatest extent possible.  The desirability of using embedded Bitcode in libraries (which is a very
natural use model, that I'm pretty sure this is intended to support), will be improved by taking into consideration this aspect of the implementation.

Kevin Smith

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Subject: Re: [llvm-dev] [RFC] Embedding Bitcode in Object Files

From: "Kevin B via llvm-dev Smith" <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org<mailto:llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>>
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Subject: Re: [llvm-dev] [RFC] Embedding Bitcode in Object Files
I don't know whether this is an issue in the current implementation, but I wanted to bring up a potential privacy issue.

In embedding the information, care should be taken to avoid embedding any information that contains personally identifiable information. This can certainly occur
if paths need to be embedded, as user names, or other private/confidential information may be present in the naming of directories and paths.

Is this any more of a problem than the information that gets included in the DWARF sections?

  Generally, I suspect
that it would be desirable to have an opt-in strategy for designating in the compiler which pieces of information/options need to be saved, and for all options marked
as needed, determine whether there is the possibility/likelihood that they may contain personally identifiable information.

Kevin B. Smith

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Subject: Re: [llvm-dev] [RFC] Embedding Bitcode in Object Files

On Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 6:06 PM, Steven Wu <stevenwu at apple.com<mailto:stevenwu at apple.com>> wrote:
I don't think we need any path in the command line section. We only record the command-line options that will affect CodeGen. See my example in one of the preview reply:
$ clang -fembed-bitcode -O0 test.c -c -###
"clang" "-cc1"  (...lots of options...) "-o" "test.bc" "-x" "c" "test.c"   <--- First stage
"clang" "-cc1" "-triple" "x86_64-apple-macosx10.11.0" "-emit-obj" "-fembed-bitcode" "-O0" "-disable-llvm-optzns" "-o" "test.o" "-x" "ir" "test.bc"  <--- Second stage
I can't think of any source path that can affect CodeGen. There should not be any paths other than the bitcode input path and binary output path exists in the second stage and they are excluded from the command line section as well. -fdebug-prefix-map is consumed by the front-end and prefixed paths are a part of the debug info in the metadata. You don't need to encode -fdebug-prefix-map in the bitcode section to reproduce the object file with the same debug info. Did that answer your concern?

Great -- it wasn't clear from the first message if you were just embedding the whole command-line as is. If the plan instead to embed only a few relevant options, I agree there should be no issue as far as paths go.

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