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SubjectRe: [PATCH 05/23] x86, kaiser: unmap kernel from userspace page tables (core patch)
On 01/05/2018 08:54 PM, Hanjun Guo wrote:
> Do you mean NX bit will be brought back later? I'm asking this because
> I tested this patch which it fixed the boot panic issue but the system
> will hang when rebooting the system, because rebooting will also call efi
> then panic as NS bit is set.

Wow, you're running a lot of very lighly-used code paths! You actually
found a similar but totally separate issue from what I gather. Thank
you immensely for the quick testing and bug reports!

Could you test the attached fix?

For those playing along at home, I think this will end up being needed
for 4.15 and probably all the backports. I want to see if it works
before I submit it for real, though.

From: Dave Hansen <>

This is another case similar to what EFI does: create a new set of
page tables, map some code at a low address, and jump to it. PTI
mistakes this low address for userspace and mistakenly marks it
non-executable in an effort to make it unusable for userspace. Undo
the poison to allow execution.

Signed-off-by: Dave Hansen <>
Cc: Ning Sun <>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <>

b/arch/x86/kernel/tboot.c | 7 +++++++
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff -puN arch/x86/kernel/tboot.c~pti-tboot-fix arch/x86/kernel/tboot.c
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/tboot.c~pti-tboot-fix 2018-01-05 21:50:55.755554960 -0800
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/tboot.c 2018-01-05 22:01:51.393553325 -0800
@@ -124,6 +124,13 @@ static int map_tboot_page(unsigned long
pte_t *pte;

pgd = pgd_offset(&tboot_mm, vaddr);
+ /*
+ * PTI poisons low addresses in the kernel page tables in the
+ * name of making them unusable for userspace. To execute
+ * code at such a low address, the poison must be cleared.
+ */
+ pgd->pgd &= ~_PAGE_NX;
p4d = p4d_alloc(&tboot_mm, pgd, vaddr);
if (!p4d)
return -1;
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