Re: [git pull] drm: previous pull req + 1.

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Sun Jun 21 2009 - 13:13:48 EST

On Sun, 21 Jun 2009, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Dave - no amount of userspace differences make a corrupted page table
> acceptable.
> This needs to be fixed. No excuses. Kernel crashes are never an issue of
> "you used the wrong user space".

So "corrupted page table" means that one of the reserved bits was set, and
we get a page fault with the PF_RSVD bit on in the error code.

Looking at the debug output, it says

PGD 12148a067
PUD 12148b067
PMD 121496067
PTE ffffc90011780237

where the top-level entries look fine, but the PTE is total crap. It looks
like it has filled in the page frame number with a virtual address rather
than with an actual page

The PTE _should_ look like this:

- bit 63: NX
- bits 62-52: zero (available to sw, but I don't think we use them)
- bits 51-47: zero (reserved)
- bits 46-12: page frame
- bits 11-0: protection and PAT bits etc (bits 8-7 are also reserved)

and that PTE clearly does not match.

Strictly speaking, that "47-bit" physical address is purely theoretical. I
think existing CPU's are limited to 40 bits or so, so there are even more
reserved bits.

Anyway, here's a totally UNTESTED patch that hopefully gives a warning on
where exactly we set the invalid bits. Andy, mind trying it out? You
should get the warnign much earlier, and it should have a much more useful

(But this is _untested_, so maybe I screwed up and it doesn't compile or
work. The BAD_PTE_BITS mask could also be improved upon, but that mask
should be "good enough" - it doesn't include _all_ the bits it could,
but it certainly has enough bits set to trigger that obviously bad case).


arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable_64.h | 3 +++
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable_64.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable_64.h
index c57a301..b95828e 100644
--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable_64.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable_64.h
@@ -49,8 +49,11 @@ static inline void native_pte_clear(struct mm_struct *mm, unsigned long addr,
*ptep = native_make_pte(0);

static inline void native_set_pte(pte_t *ptep, pte_t pte)
*ptep = pte;

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