Re: [regression] x86/signal/64: Fix SS handling for signals delivered to 64-bit programs breaks dosemu

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Thu Aug 13 2015 - 12:45:27 EST

On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 9:34 AM, Linus Torvalds
> <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Are you sure? From the description by Stas, the problem is literally
>> the *restoring* action of the sigcontext, and trying to restore a SS
>> value that is no longer valid.
>> "The crash happens when DOS program terminates.
>> At that point dosemu subverts the execution flow by
>> replacing segregs and cs/ip ss/sp in sigcontext with its own.
>> But __pad0 still has DOS SS, which crash because (presumably)
>> the DOS LDT have been just removed"
> Side note: if this is the main issue, and the problem is the "iret"
> faulting when trying to restore SS (and causing an unexpected SIGSEGV
> that dosemu crashes on), then an alternate model might be to keep the
> save/restore SS code, but do a "VERW" on the SS descriptor in
> restore_sigcontext(), and silently just replacing it with __USER_DS if
> that fails.

I have a patch to do approximately that (using LAR instead of VERW to
rule out DPL < 3.

I'm 90% sure that the regs->ss = __USER_DS thing is a problem. Read
farther up in the thread.

I'm leaning toward saying we should revert, cc: stable, and fix it
better for 4.3.

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