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SubjectRe: Why is double_fault serviced by a trap gate?
> No no. That's that the whole point of a gate. You make a controlled
> transition to ring 0 including stack switching. There are complex
> protection checking rules, however as long as the DPL of the gate
> descriptor is 3 then ring 3 is allowed to make the transition to ring 0. A
> stack fault in user mode cannot kill the system. If it ever did it would be
> a blatant bug of the most crass kind.

Setting DPL == 3 of any interrupt/trap/fault gate is bad idea because it
allows the user to kill the machine with INT 8 or something like that. DPL
is checked only if interrupt is generated with INT, INT3 or INTO (IA
manual, vol 3, section 5.10.1.1).

Mikulas

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