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SubjectRe: x86/stack protector: X86_32_LAZY_GS=n hangs kernel on old processors
On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 8:57 AM, tedheadster <> wrote:
> Changing X86_32_LAZY_GS to 'y' does not cause the kernel to hang.
>> On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:40:17AM -0500, tedheadster wrote:
>>> in your patch "x86: make lazy %gs optional on x86_32" were you able
>>> to test it on really old processors? In 4.16.0-rc1, X86_32_LAZY_GS got
>>> toggled from 'y' to 'n' in my default config because of changes to the
>>> stack protector code. It hangs my ancient i486 test machine right
>>> after 'Booting the kernel'.
>> I didn't have access to an i486 at the time or ever since, so it
>> wasn't tested there. If this is specific to i486, flagging it so in
>> the config probably isn't the end of the world at this point.
> Tejun,
> I will be able to test this on other 32bit hardware at the end of
> the week. Hopefully I'll be able to identify which processors it does
> not work on (i486/i586/i686).

So, this is the exact opposite of my tests: if I had X86_32_LAZY_GS=y
and stack protector enabled (via _AUTO), the boot would hang. This
change solved that for me:

config X86_32_LAZY_GS
def_bool y
- depends on X86_32 && !CC_STACKPROTECTOR
+ depends on X86_32 && CC_STACKPROTECTOR_NONE

since stack-protector in _AUTO mode had to reorganize that logic. It
seemed LAZY_GS isn't compatible with stack-protector, so I made sure
to retain that. What are your other configs?


Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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