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Re: [RFC] User stack pointer randomisation

To: Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] User stack pointer randomisation
From: Franck Bui-Huu <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 14:19:27 +0200
Cc: linux-mips <>
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Ralf Baechle wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2007 at 01:47:19PM +0200, Franck Bui-Huu wrote:
>> this is weird I would have defined them like this instead:
>> #if (_MIPS_SIM == _MIPS_SIM_ABI32)
>> #define ALSZ 8
>> #elif (_MIPS_SIM == _MIPS_SIM_NABI32) || (_MIPS_SIM == _MIPS_SIM_ABI64)
>> #define ALSZ 16
>> #endif
>> #define ALMASK (~(ALSZ-1))

> <asm/asm.h> which is fairly similar to it's userspace equivalent
> <sys/asm.h> contains definitions which are some sort of
> pseudo-standard in the MIPS world, including ALSZ and ALMASK. If I
> had choosen them I'd have set ALSZ to 8 rsp. 16, just like you ...
> Anyway, having similar macros makes porting of assembler code
> easier.  This also is why <asm/regdef.h> and <asm/fpregdef.h> are as
> they are.  RISC/os, IRIX, some of the BSD variants, even the
> non-Linux SDE variants for example for baremetal use a similar set
> of macros and headers.

Thanks for explanations.

That makes me think that we may have the same alignement issue in
include/asm-mips/ptrace.h header file:

        struct pt_regs {
        #ifdef CONFIG_32BIT
                /* Pad bytes for argument save space on the stack. */
                unsigned long pad0[6];
                /* Saved main processor registers. */
                unsigned long regs[32];
                /* Saved special registers. */
                unsigned long cp0_status;
                unsigned long hi;
                unsigned long lo;
                unsigned long acx;
                unsigned long cp0_badvaddr;
                unsigned long cp0_cause;
                unsigned long cp0_epc;
        #ifdef CONFIG_MIPS_MT_SMTC
                unsigned long cp0_tcstatus;
        #endif /* CONFIG_MIPS_MT_SMTC */
        } __attribute__ ((aligned (8)));

Note that the structure is aligned on a 8 bytes boundary which is not
correct for a 64 bit kernel, is it ?


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