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    SubjectRe: [PATCH & RFC] kdump and stack overflows
    Fernando Luis Vazquez Cao <> writes:

    > Hi,
    > I have observed that kdump's reboot path to the second kernel is not
    > stack overflow safe.
    > On the event of a stack overflow critical data that usually resides at
    > the bottom of the stack is likely to be stomped and, consequently, its
    > use should be avoided.
    > In particular, in the i386 and IA64 architectures the macro
    > smp_processor_id ultimately makes use of the "cpu" member of struct
    > thread_info which resides at the bottom of the stack (see code snips
    > below). x86_64, on the other hand, is not affected by this problem
    > because it benefits from the PDA infrastructure.

    I agree this is something that we should handle if we can.
    > To circumvent this problem I suggest implementing
    > "safe_smp_processor_id()" (it already exists on x86_64) for i386 and
    > IA64 and use it as a replacement to smp_processor_id in the reboot path
    > to the dump capture kernel. A possible implementation for i386 is
    > attached below.
    > I would appreciante comments on this.

    The patch looks like a good one to express the idea, but it is a
    bad one to push upstream.

    safe_smp_processor_id has a printk in it.

    mm/fault.c has related code that really should go into a separate

    For crash_nmi_callback I don't feel very comfortable about
    dropping the cpu parameter. I suspect you want to move
    the call safe_smp_process_id to do_nmi (which is current
    calling smp_processor_id). Basically the whole nmi path needs a stack
    overflow audit. I believe we have a separate interrupt stack that
    should help but..

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