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    Subjecti386 PDA patches use of %gs

    Userspace uses %gs for it's per thread data (and in modern linux
    versions that means "all the time", errno is there for example).

    On x86-64 this is the reason that the kernel uses the OTHER segment
    register; so for the PDA patches this would mean using %fs and not %gs.

    The advantage of this is very simple: %fs will be 0 for userspace most
    of the time. Putting 0 in a segment register is cheap for the cpu,
    putting anything else in is quite expensive (a LOT of security checks
    need to happen). As such I would MUCH rather see that the i386 PDA
    patches use %fs and not %gs...

    Jeremy, is there a reason you're specifically using %gs and not %fs? If
    not, would you mind a switch to using %fs instead?

    Arjan van de Ven
    if you want to mail me at work (you don't), use arjan (at)

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