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SubjectRe: [patch 16/19] x86 setup: handle boot loaders which set up the stack incorrectly
Greg KH wrote:
> -stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let us know.
> ------------------
> From: H. Peter Anvin <>
> patch 6b6815c6d5d1dc209701d1661a7a0e09a295db2f in mainline.
> Apparently some specific versions of LILO enter the kernel with a
> stack pointer that doesn't match the rest of the segments. Make our
> best attempt at untangling the resulting mess.
> Signed-off-by: H. Peter Anvin <>
> Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

Just FYI:

It has been reported that while this patch fixes old LILO, and possibly
some other boot loaders (unknown), it has also broken older versions of
SYSLINUX: they still boot, but the command line is truncated (exactly
how much depends on the BIOS, but typical values are around 130 bytes.)

This is definitely traceable to a bug in SYSLINUX that was already fixed
in release 3.50 (the current version of SYSLINUX is 3.52).

I have chosen to leave the patch in mainline, rather than trying yet
another recipe and hope it doesn't break on some other random
combination of bootloaders, since:

a) SYSLINUX is generally easily updated, compared to other bootloaders;
b) The failure mode is less severe (it still boots.)

... however, you may choose to call differently.

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