Re: [PATCH v3 10/10] x86/split_lock: Handle #AC exception for split lock

From: Fenghua Yu
Date: Mon Feb 11 2019 - 13:16:39 EST

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 11:53:39AM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > + do_trap(trapnr, signr, str, regs, error_code, BUS_ADRALN, NULL);
> > + }
> > +}
> Is there any experience with how frequently this signal is killing
> user-space processes on a modern distro? Any expectation of how frequent
> such SIGBUS task terminations are going to be in the field?

We did pretty intensive testing internally (zero day tests, many engineers
and testers use the patches in their dailly work, etc). So far I'm not
aware of any user space process hiting split lock issue. I guess GCC or
other compilers takes care of the issue already. Inline assembly code may
hit the issue if code is not right, but there are fewer inline assembly
code in user space.

So far we only find two kernel split lock issues and fix them in the first
two patches in this patch set. We also find one BIOS split lock issue
internally which has been fixed in production BIOS.