Re: [Patch 1/4][kernel][slimdump] Add new elf-note of typeNT_NOCOREDUMP to capture slimdump

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Wed Oct 05 2011 - 03:33:17 EST

On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 at 12:48:44PM +0530, K.Prasad wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 04, 2011 at 10:04:37AM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 01:02:03PM +0530, K.Prasad wrote:
> > > There are certain types of crashes induced by faulty hardware in which
> > > capturing crashing kernel's memory (through kdump) makes no sense (or sometimes
> > > dangerous).
> > >
> > > A case in point, is unrecoverable memory errors (resulting in fatal machine
> > > check exceptions) in which reading from the faulty memory location from the
> > > kexec'ed kernel will cause double fault and system reset (leaving no
> > > information for the user).
> >
> > Prasad,
> >
> > I am just trying to remember what was wrong with Andi's approach of
> > disable MCE while copying the dump?
> >
> Hi Vivek,
> The behaviour upon a read operation on an UC memory location is
> undefined and so we want to avoid it (previously discussed here:
> When we disable
> MCE and copy the dump, we will invariably read the faulty memory
> location.

Right, from the message above:

"- To disable MCE exceptions as done by the patches cited above. However
the result of a read operation on corrupted memory is unknown and the
system behaviour is undefined. We're unsure if this is a safe thing to

Can you elaborate more on that? Are we talking poisoned memory here or
undetected and uncorrectable memory errors?


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