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SubjectRe: ESP corruption bug - what CPUs are affected?
Gabriel Paubert wrote:
> Hi,
>>It does not restore it in any case for the 16bit
>>stack (no matter whether the code is 16 or 32 in PM).
>>Petr says V86 is not affected, but I have not tested
>>that case because why to care? The problem is only for
>>the 32bit code. For 16bit code (PM or V86) it just
>>doesn't really matter I think (I don't think using
>>prefixes for ESP is sane).
> Well, thrashing a register at any time under the user
> just because an interrupt happened is even less sane ;-)
>>>I'm absolutely amazed by the fact that this bug has been there
>>>since the beginning and only seems to hit users right now.
>>No, right now it just hits me:)
>>It used to hit the dosemu users always, but people just
>>blamed dosemu itself and that was it. Noone wanted
>>to spend weeks traceing the DOS programs under dosemu,
>>then traceing dosemu itself, then traceing kernel,
>>then looking through the docs to track the problem down
>>to something known, then writing to Intel's techsup for
>>clarifications, and then writing to LKML:) And if not
>>for the great help I got here, this will end up nowhere
>>again. So that's how it used to stay "unnoticed" for
> I see. And finally we know that the problem with the
> processor and that Intel changed the spec to conform
> to what the hardware does but is rather coy about it.
>>As for the other instances of that problem, here are some:
>>B ** Fixed the mouse32 handler to ignore a Microsoft Windows DOS box bug
>> which mangles the high word of ESP.
> But if the bug is also affects Windows DOS box, it means that
> V86 is affected too, no?
> I'd like to know what OS/2 did. The DOS boxes and 16 bit mode
> DPMI applications ran very well and it was very stable, despite
> the fact that the kernel spent its time switching between 16
> and 32 bit modes (for example, almost all device drivers were
> 16 bit code, but the drivers for DOS emulation were 32 bit).
> But I removed it from all my machines several years ago.

May I suggest that IBM is a friend of Linux, and that *if* there is a
simple way to get around the problem they will probably be very willing
to share it with us.

-bill davidsen (
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
last possible moment - but no longer" -me
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