creating Linux "portable" x64 binary

Hubert Kario hkario at
Fri Feb 22 18:22:09 UTC 2019

On Friday, 22 February 2019 11:28:33 CET Juan Isoza wrote:
> Hello,
> I want create for one of my application a Linux binary which run on all
> current linux system running x86_64 processor.
> by example, I uses -static-libgcc -static-libstdc++ when I link my app ,
> because I'm not sure found recent version of this lib
> I also use -lrt to prevent search some tims function added on recent GLIBC
> With openssl 1.1.0, I had no problem related to openssl
> With openssl 1.1.1, there is somes modern function searched at compile on
> recent library
> So, I just run these command
> sed -i -e 's/__ELF__/__ELF_and_sure_modern__/g' ./crypto/rand/rand_unix.c
> sed -i -e 's/__GLIBC_PREREQ/__GLIBC__not_use_PREREQ/g'
> ./crypto/rand/rand_unix.c
> sed -i -e 's/__GLIBC_PREREQ/__GLIBC__not_use_PREREQ/g' ./crypto/getenv.c
> sed -i -e 's/__GLIBC_PREREQ/__GLIBC__not_use_PREREQ/g' ./crypto/crypto.c
> sed -i -e 's/__GLIBC_PREREQ/__GLIBC__not_use_PREREQ/g' ./crypto/uid.c
> with this modification, I'm sure that checking of modern API fail, and I
> use previous api (like if I compile on oldest linux).
> I suggest offering an option to not trying using these modern GLICBC_PREREQ
> , or pehaps uses dl (when openssl is compiled to uses dl)

compile it on oldest system that you wish to target

glibc is backwards compatible so new versions of it will work with binaries 
compiled with old versions

forward compatibility (compiling with new glibc and running with old library) 
is not supported, and even if it may appear to work initially, it's not 
something that is generally supported and in practice very hard to support and 
may lead to hard to detect vulnerabilities.
Hubert Kario
Senior Quality Engineer, QE BaseOS Security team
Red Hat Czech s.r.o., Purkyňova 115, 612 00  Brno, Czech Republic
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