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SubjectRe: v2.6.31-rc6: BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000008
Dave Young <hidave.darkstar@gmail.com> writes:

> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 2:07 PM, Eric W. Biederman<ebiederm@xmission.com> wrote:
>>
>> ebiederm@xmission.com (Eric W. Biederman) writes:
>>
>>> I'm not certain who I should route this too, but I just had 2.6.31-rc6
>>> fall over on me.  I don't know how reproducible this will be but
>>> I have a full crash dump if someone is interested in looking into this.
>>
>> Looks like I was wrong.  This is appears trivial to reproduce,
>> I have just reproduced it two more times in a row.  I think
>> the problem is pty related.
>>
>> I was looking into a change in behavior on 2.6.31-rc6 where
>> data was being lost, and it appears one variant of my test program
>> kills the kernel.
>>
>> The following program run as an unprivileged user causes a kernel
>> panic in about a minute:
>>
>> aka
>>
>> while :; do ./KernelTtyTest ; done
>
> The test app failed for me:
>
> read failed: Input/output error
> lastbytes: '\r\nprocess_cmd read failed: Interrupted system
> call\r\necho _2_\r\n'
> Aborted


Oh. It definitely fails. I just found that when it failed
about 600 times in a row it took my kernel with it. I was
developing it to understand tty interactions, and when I realized
that the version I had was killing my kernel I sent it out
as it was a nice self contained test case.

Eric
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