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Re: [PATCH] MIPS: Avoid clobbering struct pt_regs in kthreads (v2).

To: David Daney <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] MIPS: Avoid clobbering struct pt_regs in kthreads (v2).
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 18:40:40 +0100
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On Wed, Jul 08, 2009 at 10:07:50AM -0700, David Daney wrote:

> The resume() implementation octeon_switch.S examines the saved
> cp0_status register.  We were clobbering the entire pt_regs structure
> in kernel threads leading to random crashes.
> When switching away from a kernel thread, the saved cp0_status is
> examined and if bit 30 is set it is cleared and the CP2 state saved
> into the pt_regs structure.  Since the kernel thread stack overlaid
> the pt_regs structure this resulted in a corrupt stack.  When the
> kthread with the corrupt stack was resumed, it could crash if it used
> any of the data in the stack that was clobbered.
> We fix it by moving the kernel thread stack down so it doesn't overlay
> pt_regs.
> Differences from v1: Don't adjust the sp by an additional 32 bytes, it
>                      was not needed.  Also fix up __KSTK_TOS and
>                      task_pt_regs.

Thanks for fixing and testing the issues I raised on IRC.  Next I'm wonding
what impact the uninitialized state of the stack frame we allocate may
have.  I think we're ok - but I need to stare at this for a few more


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