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Subject[tip:x86/signal] x86: Kill handle_signal()->set_fs()
Commit-ID:  73d382deccac186d103496bf10388bc2432a8384
Author: Oleg Nesterov <>
AuthorDate: Sun, 10 Jul 2011 18:44:24 +0200
Committer: H. Peter Anvin <>
CommitDate: Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:46:20 -0700

x86: Kill handle_signal()->set_fs()

handle_signal()->set_fs() has a nice comment which explains what
set_fs() is, but it doesn't explain why it is needed and why it
depends on CONFIG_X86_64.

Afaics, the history of this confusion is:

1. I guess today nobody can explain why it was needed
in arch/i386/kernel/signal.c, perhaps it was always
wrong. This predates 2.4.0 kernel.

2. then it was copy-and-past'ed to the new x86_64 arch.

3. then it was removed from i386 (but not from x86_64)
by b93b6ca3 "i386: remove unnecessary code".

4. then it was reintroduced under CONFIG_X86_64 when x86
unified i386 and x86_64, because the patch above didn't
touch x86_64.

Remove it. ->addr_limit should be correct. Even if it was possible
that it is wrong, it is too late to fix it after setup_rt_frame().

Linus commented in:

... about the equivalent bit from i386:

Heh. I think it's entirely historical.

Please realize that the whole reason that function is called "set_fs()" is
that it literally used to set the %fs segment register, not

So I think the "set_fs(USER_DS)" is there _only_ to match the other

regs->xds = __USER_DS;
regs->xes = __USER_DS;
regs->xss = __USER_DS;
regs->xcs = __USER_CS;

things, and never mattered. And now it matters even less, and has been
copied to all other architectures where it is just totally insane.

Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
Signed-off-by: H. Peter Anvin <>
arch/x86/kernel/signal.c | 9 ---------
1 files changed, 0 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/signal.c b/arch/x86/kernel/signal.c
index 8c55f97..54ddaeb2 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/signal.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/signal.c
@@ -720,15 +720,6 @@ handle_signal(unsigned long sig, siginfo_t *info, struct k_sigaction *ka,
if (ret)
return ret;

-#ifdef CONFIG_X86_64
- /*
- * This has nothing to do with segment registers,
- * despite the name. This magic affects uaccess.h
- * macros' behavior. Reset it to the normal setting.
- */
- set_fs(USER_DS);
* Clear the direction flag as per the ABI for function entry.

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