To make sure that no barrier gets placed on the architectural execution
path, each indirect call calling the function in register rN, it gets
transformed to a direct call to __llvm_slsblr_thunk_mode_rN.
mode is either arm or thumb, depending on the mode of where the indirect
The llvm_slsblr_thunk_mode_rN thunk contains:
Therefore, the indirect call gets split into 2; one direct call and
one indirect jump.
This transformation results in not inserting a speculation barrier on
the architectural execution path.
The mitigation is off by default and can be enabled by the
harden-sls-blr subtarget feature.
As a linker is allowed to clobber r12 on function calls, the
above code transformation is not correct in case a linker does so.
Similarly, the transformation is not correct when register lr is used.
Avoiding r12/lr being used is done in a follow-on patch to make reviewing
this code easier.