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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2] Fix building error

Wen Congyang writes ("[PATCH v2] Fix building error"):
>  ifeq ($(debug),y)
>  # Disable optimizations and enable debugging information for macros
>  CFLAGS += -O0 -g3
> +# _FORTIFY_SOURCE requires compiling with optimization

I'm not entirely convinced about this.  I have two kinds of concern:

One is practical, which is that ATM AIUI a debug build, while not
intended for production use, is not any less secure.  (Leaving aside
the ability of guests to perform a DoS with copious debugging output.)

The other is that we seem to be entering into a battle of escalation
between various Makefiles.  Specifically, this seems to be a
workaround for a bug in some other Makefiles we are using: the bug
being that these other Makefiles can't cope with -O0.  And
unconditionally squashing the other Makefiles' options seems like a
big hammer.

The fact that Fortify doesn't support -O0 is a property of Fortify
which ought to be encoded in Fortify (or the places where it is

Assuming that the underlying bug is intractible I think the right
answer is for an affected developer to do one of the following, as a
workaround: either, manually override Fortify when requesting a debug
build (by setting EXTRA_CFLAGS_XEN_TOOLS), or manually override the
-O0 setting.

To make this easier to do without editing tools/Rules.mk I would
support a patch to Rules.mk which has it honour a variable containing
a debug-specific set of CFLAGS.


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