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Subject[PATCH] Fix triplefault on x86-64 bootup
after I upgraded kernel on my box to current git, only thing it did
was rebooting in a loop. After some digging I found that it is silly
to apply alternative to memcpy by using that every same memcpy...
Sorry if it is known bug, I do not see it reported in my LKML mailbox...

From: Petr Vandrovec <>

Do not replace whole memcpy in apply alternatives

apply_alternatives uses memcpy() to apply alternatives. Which has
unfortunate effect that while applying memcpy alternative memcpy itself
it tries to overwrite itself with nops - which causes #UD fault as it
overwrites half of instruction in copy loop, and from this point on only
possible outcome is triplefault and reboot. So let's overwrite only
first two instructions of memcpy - as long as main memcpy loop is
not in first two bytes it will work fine.

Signed-off-by: Petr Vandrovec <>

commit 7c6f7d582f301e16899a43fd6c775ed103e8a8d2
tree 112d7320e8a21120e4e43f1ac91918ca0352ff56
parent f81e9b8cc6301f6328eafaa553ef35441874b1a4
author Petr Vandrovec <> Sun, 12 Aug 2007 01:05:11 -0700
committer Petr Vandrovec <> Sun, 12 Aug 2007 01:05:11 -0700

arch/x86_64/lib/memcpy.S | 4 +++-
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86_64/lib/memcpy.S b/arch/x86_64/lib/memcpy.S
index 0ea0ddc..c22981f 100644
--- a/arch/x86_64/lib/memcpy.S
+++ b/arch/x86_64/lib/memcpy.S
@@ -124,6 +124,8 @@ ENDPROC(__memcpy)
.quad memcpy
.quad 1b
- .byte .Lfinal - memcpy
+ /* Replace only beginning, memcpy is used to apply alternatives, so it
+ * is silly to overwrite itself with nops - reboot is only outcome... */
+ .byte 2b - 1b
.byte 2b - 1b
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