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SubjectRe: 2.4.23-pre9 ide+XFree+ptrace=Complete hang
Hi Linus, Solar, All,

I've managed to cut the problem down to the openwall patch
(linux-2.4.22-ow1). I know perhaps applying it to 2.4.23-rc1 (which as a
stock kernel doesn't crash) is perhaps error-prone (ie it's not
2.4.22 - although the patch applies with no problems and patching
2.4.23-pre6 also causes crashes) but after the number of kernel compiles
it took to locate this I really don't feel like compiling another two
kernels just to test something like this (I'm 99% sure that this'll crash
on any recent 2.4.x kernel). If you need stock 2.4.22 info just holler
and I'll comply.

On Tue, 11 Nov 2003, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> A serial console may be easier than a binary search, but either sound like
> they should find it.
Well a binary search did find it - it just took ages... and unfortunately
I have no easy way to set up a serial console...

Applying the following patch to 23rc1 causes total (unresponsive
everything: keyboard, and when appropriate modules/drivers loaded: ps2
mouse, usb mouse, wireless pcmcia card, external ping, sometimes even bios
'fn' key depress LED light) crashes during 'strace ls -lR /' in an xterm
under X (with no other extra modules usb/pcmcia/fs loaded/mounted,
processes running). Seems to only happen during ide disk access, ptrace
and X video update happening at the same time (Toshiba Satellite 2590CDT
notebook). [The stock 23rc1 kernel works with no problems]

Note that this is a very simplified fragment of the openwall patch found
via binsearch/simplification (the openwall TASK_UNMAPPED_BASE(size) macro
is a little more complicated - but this is its gist, and the more
complicated version crashes as well (that's how the crash was first
noticed), this system is ELF only anyway).
===========
diff -urN linux-2.4.23-rc1/include/asm-i386/processor.h linux-2.4.23-rc1-ow/include/asm-i386/processor.h
--- linux-2.4.23-rc1/include/asm-i386/processor.h 2003-11-12 00:51:35.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-2.4.23-rc1-ow/include/asm-i386/processor.h 2003-11-12 11:32:27.000000000 +0100
@@ -264,7 +264,8 @@
/* This decides where the kernel will search for a free chunk of vm
* space during mmap's.
*/
-#define TASK_UNMAPPED_BASE (TASK_SIZE / 3)
+#define TASK_UNMAPPED_BASE(size) ( (size) < 0x00ef0000UL ? 0x00110000UL \
+ :TASK_SIZE / 3)

/*
* Size of io_bitmap in longwords: 32 is ports 0-0x3ff.
diff -urN linux-2.4.23-rc1/mm/mmap.c linux-2.4.23-rc1-ow/mm/mmap.c
--- linux-2.4.23-rc1/mm/mmap.c 2003-10-25 23:02:19.000000000 +0200
+++ linux-2.4.23-rc1-ow/mm/mmap.c 2003-11-12 11:29:37.000000000 +0100
@@ -626,7 +626,7 @@
(!vma || addr + len <= vma->vm_start))
return addr;
}
- addr = PAGE_ALIGN(TASK_UNMAPPED_BASE);
+ addr = PAGE_ALIGN(TASK_UNMAPPED_BASE(len));

for (vma = find_vma(current->mm, addr); ; vma = vma->vm_next) {
/* At this point: (!vma || addr < vma->vm_end). */
==============
Cheers,
MaZe.

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