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SubjectRe: Why is double_fault serviced by a trap gate?
On Thu, Dec 07, 2000 at 04:04:21PM +0000, richardj_moore@uk.ibm.com wrote:
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>
> Why is double_fault serviced by a trap gate? The problem with this is that
> any double-fault caused by a stack-fault, which is the usual reason,
> becomes a triple-fault. And a triple-fault results in a processor reset or
> shutdown making the fault damn near impossible to get any information on.
>
> Oughtn't the double-fault exception handler be serviced by a task gate? And
> similarly the NMI handler in case the NMI is on the current stack page
> frame?

Sounds like a good idea, when you can afford a few K for a special
NMI/double fault stack. On x86-64 it is planned to do that.


-Andi
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