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Subject[PATCH] UML - host VDSO fix
This fixes a problem seen by a number of people running UML on newer host
kernels. init would hang with an infinite segfault loop.

It turns out that the host kernel was providing a AT_SYSINFO_EHDR of
0xffffe000, which faked UML into believing that the host VDSO page could be
reused. However, AT_SYSINFO pointed into the middle of the address space, and
was unmapped as a result. Because UML was providing AT_SYSINFO_EHDR and
AT_SYSINFO to its own processes, these would branch to nowhere when trying to
use the VDSO.

The fix is to also check the location of AT_SYSINFO when deciding whether to
use the host's VDSO.

Signed-off-by: Jeff Dike <>
arch/um/os-Linux/elf_aux.c | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

Index: linux-2.6.17/arch/um/os-Linux/elf_aux.c
--- linux-2.6.17.orig/arch/um/os-Linux/elf_aux.c 2007-02-23 15:00:51.000000000 -0500
+++ linux-2.6.17/arch/um/os-Linux/elf_aux.c 2007-02-23 15:09:58.000000000 -0500
@@ -39,6 +39,9 @@ __init void scan_elf_aux( char **envp)
switch ( auxv->a_type ) {
__kernel_vsyscall = auxv->a_un.a_val;
+ /* See if the page is under TASK_SIZE */
+ if (__kernel_vsyscall < (unsigned long) envp)
+ __kernel_vsyscall = 0;
vsyscall_ehdr = auxv->a_un.a_val;
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