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SubjectRe: PROBLEM: memory corrupting bug, bisected to 6dda9d55
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On Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:30:22 +0100
Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie> wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 09, 2010 at 04:57:18AM -0500, pacman@kosh.dhis.org wrote:
> > (What a big Cc: list... scripts/get_maintainer.pl made me do it.)
> >
> > This will be a long story with a weak conclusion, sorry about that, but it's
> > been a long bug-hunt.
> >
> > With recent kernels I've seen a bug that appears to corrupt random 4-byte
> > chunks of memory. It's not easy to reproduce. It seems to happen only once
> > per boot, pretty quickly after userspace has gotten started, and sometimes it
> > doesn't happen at all.
> >
>
> A corruption of 4 bytes could be consistent with a pointer value being
> written to an incorrect location.

It's corruption of user memory, which is unusual. I'd be wondering if
there was a pre-existing bug which 6dda9d55bf545013597 has exposed -
previously the corruption was hitting something harmless. Something
like a missed CPU cache writeback or invalidate operation.

How sensitive/vulnerable is PPC32 to such things?


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