Re: [PATCH 1/2] x86_64,entry: Filter RFLAGS.NT on entry from userspace

From: Sebastian Lackner
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 - 17:41:05 EST

On 30.09.2014 21:40, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> what would happen. Apparently Wine sometimes does this (!), and, if
> an IRET return happens, Wine will segfault.
> I think that Wine should be fixed to stop setting NT when a syscall
> happens, but handling NT more gracefully is still nice.

Just to give some more background about this issue: Wine has no influence
if the NT flag is set or not - as Wine doesn't trace each individual opcode,
there is no chance to know, if a Windows program messes up the EFLAGS. This
happens in closed source Windows applications, so its not really Wines fault.

I think the current approach should be fine, but if other people prefer one of
the solutions without additional overhead on syscall entry:

At least for Wine it would also be absolutely fine, when the application would
just get a proper signal (if adding the retry IRET is too complicated). I've
attached the url to an additional example program, which shows that currently
the signal handler is unable to process such a fault, and a proof-of-concept
patch to clear the NT flags at least for the signal handler. Such a patch
doesn't fix the potential issues with EFI though.

Example program:

Proof-of-concept patch:


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