Early printk breakage due to 3e5903eb9cff ("vsprintf: Prevent crash when dereferencing invalid pointers")

From: Heiko Carstens
Date: Thu May 09 2019 - 06:48:25 EST

Hello Petr,

I just realized that early printks, or more specific vsnprintf invocations,
are broken on s390 due to

3e5903eb9cff ("vsprintf: Prevent crash when dereferencing invalid pointers").

E.g. the early boot output now looks like this where the first
(efault) should be the linux_banner:

[ 0.099985] (efault)
[ 0.099985] setup: Linux is running as a z/VM guest operating system in 64-bit mode
[ 0.100066] setup: The maximum memory size is 8192MB
[ 0.100070] cma: Reserved 4 MiB at (efault)
[ 0.100100] numa: NUMA mode: (efault)

The reason for this, is that your code assumes that
probe_kernel_address() works very early. This however is not true on
at least s390. Uaccess on KERNEL_DS works only after page tables have
been setup on s390, which happens with setup_arch()->paging_init().

Any probe_kernel_address() invocation before that will return -EFAULT.

So how should we fix this? We could e.g. again add an arch specific
version of probe_kernel_read() for s390, which would be more or less a
copy of the generic variant, just that it would do something different
if page tables aren't setup yet.

Or... any other idea?

Cc'ing linux-arch, just in case other architectures are also affected.