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SubjectRe: 2.6.25-rc6: BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference
On Tue, 25 Mar 2008, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Code: 53 c0 e8 20 08 fc ff c1 e3 02 8b 14 33 89 54 24 20 8b 44 24 20 85 c0 75 10 eb 51 8b 12 89 54 24 20 8b 44 24 20 85 c0 74 43 8b 02 <0f> 18 00 90 8d 5a d8 39 6b 34 75 e4 8b 7c 24 0c 39 7b 30 75 db

It faults in a prefetch.

> Markus reported what looks to be the same thing here:
> http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/3/21/202 and it's already in the regresison list.

Same here. And both are AMD X2 early stepping machines.

> I guess you've confirmed that this wasn't a mystery
> once-off-on-that-machine.
>
> I can't think what we did to cause this.

I had a lengthy bug decoding session with Ingo and we found the root
cause:

A dropped workaround for the prefetch bug in early X2s and
Opterons. Patch below.

Thanks,

tglx

--------------->
Subject: x86: fix prefetch workaround
From: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
Date: Thu Mar 27 15:58:28 CET 2008
some early Athlon XP's and Opterons generate bogus faults on prefetch
instructions. The workaround for this regressed over .24 - reinstate it.

Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>

---
arch/x86/mm/fault.c | 3 ++-
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
Index: linux-x86.q/arch/x86/mm/fault.c
===================================================================
--- linux-x86.q.orig/arch/x86/mm/fault.c
+++ linux-x86.q/arch/x86/mm/fault.c
@@ -104,7 +104,8 @@ static int is_prefetch(struct pt_regs *r
unsigned char *max_instr;

#ifdef CONFIG_X86_32
- if (!(__supported_pte_mask & _PAGE_NX))
+ /* Catch an obscure case of prefetch inside an NX page: */
+ if ((__supported_pte_mask & _PAGE_NX) && (error_code & 16))
return 0;
#endif




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