Re: TASK_SIZE for !MMU
From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Tue Jun 03 2014 - 11:20:01 EST
On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM, Uwe Kleine-KÃnig
>> I did that same change for m68k in commit cc24c40 ("m68knommu: remove
>> size limit on non-MMU TASK_SIZE"). For similar reasons as you need to
>> >The problem is that current linus/master (and also next) doesn't boot on
>> >my ARM-nommu machine because the user string functions (strnlen_user,
>> >strncpy_from_user et al.) refuse to work on strings above TASK_SIZE
>> >which in my case also includes the XIP kernel image.
>> I seem to recall that we were not considering flash or anything else
>> other than RAM when defining that original TASK_SIZE (back many, many
>> years ago). Some of the address checks you list above made some sense
>> if you had everything in RAM (though only upper bounds are checked).
>> The thinking was some checking is better than none I suppose.
> What is the actual meaning of TASK_SIZE? The maximal value of a valid
> userspace address?
$ git show cc24c40
Author: Greg Ungerer <gerg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon May 24 11:22:05 2010 +1000
m68knommu: remove size limit on non-MMU TASK_SIZE
The TASK_SIZE define is used in some places as a limit on the size of
the virtual address space of a process. On non-MMU systems those addresses
used in comparison will be physical addresses, and they could be anywhere
in the 32bit physical address space. So for !CONFIG_MMU systems set the
TASK_SIZE to the maximum physical address.
Signed-off-by: Greg Ungerer <gerg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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