[dpdk-dev] eal: abstract away the auxiliary vector
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Message ID 20180322153549.17910-1-aconole@redhat.com
State Superseded, archived
Delegated to: Thomas Monjalon
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Aaron Conole March 22, 2018, 3:35 p.m. UTC
Rather than attempting to load the contents of the auxv directly,
prefer to use an exposed API - and if that doesn't exist then attempt
to load the vector.  This is because on some systems, when a user
is downgraded, the /proc/self/auxv file retains the old ownership
and permissions.  The original method of /proc/self/auxv is retained.

This also removes a potential abort() in the code when compiled with
NDEBUG.  A quick parse of the code shows that many (if not all) of
the CPU flag parsing isn't used internally, so it should be okay.

Signed-off-by: Aaron Conole <aconole@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Timothy Redaelli <tredaelli@redhat.com>
---
NOTE: These APIs aren't added to the map because I really want
      them to be internal-only.  No other component really needs
      access to them.  I couldn't find a good common internal
      include file which is why they're in the rte_cpuflags.h -
      but if there's a better one, we can spin another version.

 lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c      | 20 ++----
 lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c   | 15 +----
 lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c        | 76 ++++++++++++++++++++++
 .../common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h          | 13 ++++
 4 files changed, 95 insertions(+), 29 deletions(-)

Comments

Wiles, Keith March 22, 2018, 4:08 p.m. UTC | #1
> On Mar 22, 2018, at 10:35 AM, Aaron Conole <aconole@redhat.com> wrote:
> 
> Rather than attempting to load the contents of the auxv directly,
> prefer to use an exposed API - and if that doesn't exist then attempt
> to load the vector.  This is because on some systems, when a user
> is downgraded, the /proc/self/auxv file retains the old ownership
> and permissions.  The original method of /proc/self/auxv is retained.
> 
> This also removes a potential abort() in the code when compiled with
> NDEBUG.  A quick parse of the code shows that many (if not all) of
> the CPU flag parsing isn't used internally, so it should be okay.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Aaron Conole <aconole@redhat.com>
> Signed-off-by: Timothy Redaelli <tredaelli@redhat.com>
> ---
> NOTE: These APIs aren't added to the map because I really want
>      them to be internal-only.  No other component really needs
>      access to them.  I couldn't find a good common internal
>      include file which is why they're in the rte_cpuflags.h -
>      but if there's a better one, we can spin another version.
> 
> lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c      | 20 ++----
> lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c   | 15 +----
> lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c        | 76 ++++++++++++++++++++++
> .../common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h          | 13 ++++
> 4 files changed, 95 insertions(+), 29 deletions(-)
> 
> diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
> index 88f1cbe37..496d8b21a 100644
> --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
> +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
> @@ -133,22 +133,10 @@ const struct feature_entry rte_cpu_feature_table[] = {
> static void
> rte_cpu_get_features(hwcap_registers_t out)
> {
> -	int auxv_fd;
> -	_Elfx_auxv_t auxv;
> -
> -	auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
> -	assert(auxv_fd != -1);
> -	while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv, sizeof(auxv)) == sizeof(auxv)) {
> -		if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP) {
> -			out[REG_HWCAP] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
> -		} else if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP2) {
> -			out[REG_HWCAP2] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
> -		} else if (auxv.a_type == AT_PLATFORM) {
> -			if (!strcmp((const char *)auxv.a_un.a_val, PLATFORM_STR))
> -				out[REG_PLATFORM] = 0x0001;
> -		}
> -	}
> -	close(auxv_fd);
> +	out[REG_HWCAP] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP);
> +	out[REG_HWCAP2] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP2);
> +	if (!rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(AT_PLATFORM, PLATFORM_STR))
> +		out[REG_PLATFORM] = 0x0001;

I like the way you reduced this code here, which does make a lot of sense.

> }
> 
> /*
> diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
> index 970a61c5e..e7a82452b 100644
> --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
> +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
> @@ -104,19 +104,8 @@ const struct feature_entry rte_cpu_feature_table[] = {
> static void
> rte_cpu_get_features(hwcap_registers_t out)
> {
> -	int auxv_fd;
> -	Elf64_auxv_t auxv;
> -
> -	auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
> -	assert(auxv_fd != -1);
> -	while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv,
> -		sizeof(Elf64_auxv_t)) == sizeof(Elf64_auxv_t)) {
> -		if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP)
> -			out[REG_HWCAP] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
> -		else if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP2)
> -			out[REG_HWCAP2] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
> -	}
> -	close(auxv_fd);
> +	out[REG_HWCAP] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP);
> +	out[REG_HWCAP2] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP2);
> }
> 
> /*
> diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c b/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
> index 3a055f7c7..87c9539ad 100644
> --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
> +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
> @@ -2,11 +2,87 @@
>  * Copyright(c) 2010-2014 Intel Corporation
>  */
> 
> +#include <elf.h>
> +#include <fcntl.h>
> #include <stdio.h>
> +#include <string.h>
> +#include <sys/stat.h>
> +#include <sys/types.h>
> +#include <unistd.h>
> +
> +#if defined(__GLIBC__) && defined(__GLIBC_PREREQ)
> +#if __GLIBC_PREREQ(2, 16)
> +#include <sys/auxv.h>
> +#define HAS_AUXV 1
> +#endif
> +#endif
> 
> #include <rte_common.h>
> #include <rte_cpuflags.h>
> 
> +#ifndef HAS_AUXV
> +static unsigned long
> +getauxval(unsigned long type)
> +{
> +	errno = ENOTSUP;
> +	return 0;
> +}
> +#endif
> +
> +#if RTE_ARCH_64
> +typedef Elf64_auxv_t Internal_Elfx_auxv_t;
> +#else
> +typedef Elf32_auxv_t Internal_Elfx_auxv_t;
> +#endif
> +
> +
> +/**
> + * Provides a method for retrieving values from the auxiliary vector and
> + * possibly running a string comparison.

Need to add more docs here as zero is not the normal error return value, same for header file. Please add the correct doxygen formats.

> + */
> +static unsigned long
> +_rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type, int cmp_str, const char *str)

Can we not remove cmp_str and just test for str != NULL to compare strings. This would be cleaner IMO.

> +{
> +	unsigned long val;
> +
> +	errno = 0;
> +	val = getauxval(type);
> +
> +	if (!val && (errno == ENOTSUP || errno == ENOENT)) {
> +		Internal_Elfx_auxv_t auxv;

Should we set auxv = { 0 }; here, maybe not required.

> +		int auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
> +
> +		errno = ENOENT;
> +		if (auxv_fd == -1)
> +			return 0;
> +
> +		while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv, sizeof(auxv)) == sizeof(auxv)) {
> +			if (auxv.a_type == type) {
> +				errno = 0;
> +				val = auxv.a_un.a_val;
> +				if (cmp_str)
> +					val = strcmp((const char *)val, str);

Does this need to be case sensitive or should we use strcasecmp() instead.
> +				break;
> +			}
> +		}
> +		close(auxv_fd);
> +	}
> +
> +	return val;
> +}
> +
> +unsigned long
> +rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type)
> +{
> +	return _rte_cpu_getauxval(type, 0, NULL);
> +}
> +
> +int
> +rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(unsigned long type, const char *str)
> +{
> +	return _rte_cpu_getauxval(type, 1, str);
> +}
> +
> /**
>  * Checks if the machine is adequate for running the binary. If it is not, the
>  * program exits with status 1.
> diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h b/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
> index 8d31687d8..ffa3b744a 100644
> --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
> +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
> @@ -64,4 +64,17 @@ rte_cpu_check_supported(void);
> int
> rte_cpu_is_supported(void);
> 
> +/**
> + * This function attempts to retrieve a value from the auxiliary vector.

Document the return value here as it is not the normal -1 value on error, same for the next one. And the doxygen formats too.
> + */
> +unsigned long
> +rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type);
> +
> +/**
> + * This function retrieves a value from the auxiliary vector, and compares it
> + * as a string.
> + */
> +int
> +rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(unsigned long type, const char *str);
> +
> #endif /* _RTE_CPUFLAGS_H_ */
> -- 
> 2.14.3
> 

Regards,
Keith
Aaron Conole March 22, 2018, 5:39 p.m. UTC | #2
"Wiles, Keith" <keith.wiles@intel.com> writes:

>> On Mar 22, 2018, at 10:35 AM, Aaron Conole <aconole@redhat.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Rather than attempting to load the contents of the auxv directly,
>> prefer to use an exposed API - and if that doesn't exist then attempt
>> to load the vector.  This is because on some systems, when a user
>> is downgraded, the /proc/self/auxv file retains the old ownership
>> and permissions.  The original method of /proc/self/auxv is retained.
>> 
>> This also removes a potential abort() in the code when compiled with
>> NDEBUG.  A quick parse of the code shows that many (if not all) of
>> the CPU flag parsing isn't used internally, so it should be okay.
>> 
>> Signed-off-by: Aaron Conole <aconole@redhat.com>
>> Signed-off-by: Timothy Redaelli <tredaelli@redhat.com>
>> ---
>> NOTE: These APIs aren't added to the map because I really want
>>      them to be internal-only.  No other component really needs
>>      access to them.  I couldn't find a good common internal
>>      include file which is why they're in the rte_cpuflags.h -
>>      but if there's a better one, we can spin another version.
>> 
>> lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c      | 20 ++----
>> lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c   | 15 +----
>> lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c        | 76 ++++++++++++++++++++++
>> .../common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h          | 13 ++++
>> 4 files changed, 95 insertions(+), 29 deletions(-)
>> 
>> diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
>> b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
>> index 88f1cbe37..496d8b21a 100644
>> --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
>> +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
>> @@ -133,22 +133,10 @@ const struct feature_entry rte_cpu_feature_table[] = {
>> static void
>> rte_cpu_get_features(hwcap_registers_t out)
>> {
>> -	int auxv_fd;
>> -	_Elfx_auxv_t auxv;
>> -
>> -	auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
>> -	assert(auxv_fd != -1);
>> -	while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv, sizeof(auxv)) == sizeof(auxv)) {
>> -		if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP) {
>> -			out[REG_HWCAP] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
>> -		} else if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP2) {
>> -			out[REG_HWCAP2] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
>> -		} else if (auxv.a_type == AT_PLATFORM) {
>> -			if (!strcmp((const char *)auxv.a_un.a_val, PLATFORM_STR))
>> -				out[REG_PLATFORM] = 0x0001;
>> -		}
>> -	}
>> -	close(auxv_fd);
>> +	out[REG_HWCAP] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP);
>> +	out[REG_HWCAP2] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP2);
>> +	if (!rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(AT_PLATFORM, PLATFORM_STR))
>> +		out[REG_PLATFORM] = 0x0001;
>
> I like the way you reduced this code here, which does make a lot of sense.
>
>> }
>> 
>> /*
>> diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
>> b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
>> index 970a61c5e..e7a82452b 100644
>> --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
>> +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
>> @@ -104,19 +104,8 @@ const struct feature_entry rte_cpu_feature_table[] = {
>> static void
>> rte_cpu_get_features(hwcap_registers_t out)
>> {
>> -	int auxv_fd;
>> -	Elf64_auxv_t auxv;
>> -
>> -	auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
>> -	assert(auxv_fd != -1);
>> -	while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv,
>> -		sizeof(Elf64_auxv_t)) == sizeof(Elf64_auxv_t)) {
>> -		if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP)
>> -			out[REG_HWCAP] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
>> -		else if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP2)
>> -			out[REG_HWCAP2] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
>> -	}
>> -	close(auxv_fd);
>> +	out[REG_HWCAP] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP);
>> +	out[REG_HWCAP2] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP2);
>> }
>> 
>> /*
>> diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
>> b/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
>> index 3a055f7c7..87c9539ad 100644
>> --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
>> +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
>> @@ -2,11 +2,87 @@
>>  * Copyright(c) 2010-2014 Intel Corporation
>>  */
>> 
>> +#include <elf.h>
>> +#include <fcntl.h>
>> #include <stdio.h>
>> +#include <string.h>
>> +#include <sys/stat.h>
>> +#include <sys/types.h>
>> +#include <unistd.h>
>> +
>> +#if defined(__GLIBC__) && defined(__GLIBC_PREREQ)
>> +#if __GLIBC_PREREQ(2, 16)
>> +#include <sys/auxv.h>
>> +#define HAS_AUXV 1
>> +#endif
>> +#endif
>> 
>> #include <rte_common.h>
>> #include <rte_cpuflags.h>
>> 
>> +#ifndef HAS_AUXV
>> +static unsigned long
>> +getauxval(unsigned long type)
>> +{
>> +	errno = ENOTSUP;
>> +	return 0;
>> +}
>> +#endif
>> +
>> +#if RTE_ARCH_64
>> +typedef Elf64_auxv_t Internal_Elfx_auxv_t;
>> +#else
>> +typedef Elf32_auxv_t Internal_Elfx_auxv_t;
>> +#endif
>> +
>> +
>> +/**
>> + * Provides a method for retrieving values from the auxiliary vector and
>> + * possibly running a string comparison.
>
> Need to add more docs here as zero is not the normal error return
> value, same for header file. Please add the correct doxygen formats.

Will do.

>> + */
>> +static unsigned long
>> +_rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type, int cmp_str, const char *str)
>
> Can we not remove cmp_str and just test for str != NULL to compare
> strings. This would be cleaner IMO.

Agreed - will fix in v2.

>> +{
>> +	unsigned long val;
>> +
>> +	errno = 0;
>> +	val = getauxval(type);
>> +
>> +	if (!val && (errno == ENOTSUP || errno == ENOENT)) {
>> +		Internal_Elfx_auxv_t auxv;
>
> Should we set auxv = { 0 }; here, maybe not required.

It shouldn't be needed because we read() into it before ever using it as
an r-value.

>> +		int auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
>> +
>> +		errno = ENOENT;
>> +		if (auxv_fd == -1)
>> +			return 0;
>> +
>> +		while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv, sizeof(auxv)) == sizeof(auxv)) {
>> +			if (auxv.a_type == type) {
>> +				errno = 0;
>> +				val = auxv.a_un.a_val;
>> +				if (cmp_str)
>> +					val = strcmp((const char *)val, str);
>
> Does this need to be case sensitive or should we use strcasecmp()
> instead.

The original code was case sensitive, so I left it.  I'd rather
not introduce a functional change like that in this patch.

>> +				break;
>> +			}
>> +		}
>> +		close(auxv_fd);
>> +	}
>> +
>> +	return val;
>> +}
>> +
>> +unsigned long
>> +rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type)
>> +{
>> +	return _rte_cpu_getauxval(type, 0, NULL);
>> +}
>> +
>> +int
>> +rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(unsigned long type, const char *str)
>> +{
>> +	return _rte_cpu_getauxval(type, 1, str);
>> +}
>> +
>> /**
>>  * Checks if the machine is adequate for running the binary. If it is not, the
>>  * program exits with status 1.
>> diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
>> b/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
>> index 8d31687d8..ffa3b744a 100644
>> --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
>> +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
>> @@ -64,4 +64,17 @@ rte_cpu_check_supported(void);
>> int
>> rte_cpu_is_supported(void);
>> 
>> +/**
>> + * This function attempts to retrieve a value from the auxiliary vector.
>
> Document the return value here as it is not the normal -1 value on
> error, same for the next one. And the doxygen formats too.

Good call on these.  Will do for v2.

>> + */
>> +unsigned long
>> +rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type);
>> +
>> +/**
>> + * This function retrieves a value from the auxiliary vector, and compares it
>> + * as a string.
>> + */
>> +int
>> +rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(unsigned long type, const char *str);
>> +
>> #endif /* _RTE_CPUFLAGS_H_ */
>> -- 
>> 2.14.3
>> 

Thanks for the review, Keith!

> Regards,
> Keith

Patch
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diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
index 88f1cbe37..496d8b21a 100644
--- a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
+++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/arm/rte_cpuflags.c
@@ -133,22 +133,10 @@  const struct feature_entry rte_cpu_feature_table[] = {
 static void
 rte_cpu_get_features(hwcap_registers_t out)
 {
-	int auxv_fd;
-	_Elfx_auxv_t auxv;
-
-	auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
-	assert(auxv_fd != -1);
-	while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv, sizeof(auxv)) == sizeof(auxv)) {
-		if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP) {
-			out[REG_HWCAP] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
-		} else if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP2) {
-			out[REG_HWCAP2] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
-		} else if (auxv.a_type == AT_PLATFORM) {
-			if (!strcmp((const char *)auxv.a_un.a_val, PLATFORM_STR))
-				out[REG_PLATFORM] = 0x0001;
-		}
-	}
-	close(auxv_fd);
+	out[REG_HWCAP] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP);
+	out[REG_HWCAP2] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP2);
+	if (!rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(AT_PLATFORM, PLATFORM_STR))
+		out[REG_PLATFORM] = 0x0001;
 }
 
 /*
diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
index 970a61c5e..e7a82452b 100644
--- a/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
+++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/arch/ppc_64/rte_cpuflags.c
@@ -104,19 +104,8 @@  const struct feature_entry rte_cpu_feature_table[] = {
 static void
 rte_cpu_get_features(hwcap_registers_t out)
 {
-	int auxv_fd;
-	Elf64_auxv_t auxv;
-
-	auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
-	assert(auxv_fd != -1);
-	while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv,
-		sizeof(Elf64_auxv_t)) == sizeof(Elf64_auxv_t)) {
-		if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP)
-			out[REG_HWCAP] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
-		else if (auxv.a_type == AT_HWCAP2)
-			out[REG_HWCAP2] = auxv.a_un.a_val;
-	}
-	close(auxv_fd);
+	out[REG_HWCAP] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP);
+	out[REG_HWCAP2] = rte_cpu_getauxval(AT_HWCAP2);
 }
 
 /*
diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c b/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
index 3a055f7c7..87c9539ad 100644
--- a/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
+++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_cpuflags.c
@@ -2,11 +2,87 @@ 
  * Copyright(c) 2010-2014 Intel Corporation
  */
 
+#include <elf.h>
+#include <fcntl.h>
 #include <stdio.h>
+#include <string.h>
+#include <sys/stat.h>
+#include <sys/types.h>
+#include <unistd.h>
+
+#if defined(__GLIBC__) && defined(__GLIBC_PREREQ)
+#if __GLIBC_PREREQ(2, 16)
+#include <sys/auxv.h>
+#define HAS_AUXV 1
+#endif
+#endif
 
 #include <rte_common.h>
 #include <rte_cpuflags.h>
 
+#ifndef HAS_AUXV
+static unsigned long
+getauxval(unsigned long type)
+{
+	errno = ENOTSUP;
+	return 0;
+}
+#endif
+
+#if RTE_ARCH_64
+typedef Elf64_auxv_t Internal_Elfx_auxv_t;
+#else
+typedef Elf32_auxv_t Internal_Elfx_auxv_t;
+#endif
+
+
+/**
+ * Provides a method for retrieving values from the auxiliary vector and
+ * possibly running a string comparison.
+ */
+static unsigned long
+_rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type, int cmp_str, const char *str)
+{
+	unsigned long val;
+
+	errno = 0;
+	val = getauxval(type);
+
+	if (!val && (errno == ENOTSUP || errno == ENOENT)) {
+		Internal_Elfx_auxv_t auxv;
+		int auxv_fd = open("/proc/self/auxv", O_RDONLY);
+
+		errno = ENOENT;
+		if (auxv_fd == -1)
+			return 0;
+
+		while (read(auxv_fd, &auxv, sizeof(auxv)) == sizeof(auxv)) {
+			if (auxv.a_type == type) {
+				errno = 0;
+				val = auxv.a_un.a_val;
+				if (cmp_str)
+					val = strcmp((const char *)val, str);
+				break;
+			}
+		}
+		close(auxv_fd);
+	}
+
+	return val;
+}
+
+unsigned long
+rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type)
+{
+	return _rte_cpu_getauxval(type, 0, NULL);
+}
+
+int
+rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(unsigned long type, const char *str)
+{
+	return _rte_cpu_getauxval(type, 1, str);
+}
+
 /**
  * Checks if the machine is adequate for running the binary. If it is not, the
  * program exits with status 1.
diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h b/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
index 8d31687d8..ffa3b744a 100644
--- a/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
+++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_cpuflags.h
@@ -64,4 +64,17 @@  rte_cpu_check_supported(void);
 int
 rte_cpu_is_supported(void);
 
+/**
+ * This function attempts to retrieve a value from the auxiliary vector.
+ */
+unsigned long
+rte_cpu_getauxval(unsigned long type);
+
+/**
+ * This function retrieves a value from the auxiliary vector, and compares it
+ * as a string.
+ */
+int
+rte_cpu_strcmp_auxval(unsigned long type, const char *str);
+
 #endif /* _RTE_CPUFLAGS_H_ */