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Subject[PATCH v3] selftests/x86: Support Atom for syscall_arg_fault test
Atom-based CPUs trigger stack fault when invoke 32-bit SYSENTER instruction
with invalid register values. So we also need SIGBUS handling in this case.

Following is assembly when the fault exception happens.

(gdb) disassemble $eip
Dump of assembler code for function __kernel_vsyscall:
0xf7fd8fe0 <+0>: push %ecx
0xf7fd8fe1 <+1>: push %edx
0xf7fd8fe2 <+2>: push %ebp
0xf7fd8fe3 <+3>: mov %esp,%ebp
0xf7fd8fe5 <+5>: sysenter
0xf7fd8fe7 <+7>: int $0x80
=> 0xf7fd8fe9 <+9>: pop %ebp
0xf7fd8fea <+10>: pop %edx
0xf7fd8feb <+11>: pop %ecx
0xf7fd8fec <+12>: ret
End of assembler dump.

According to Intel SDM, this could also be a Stack Segment Fault(#SS, 12),
except a normal Page Fault(#PF, 14). Especially, in section 6.9 of Vol.3A,
both stack and page faults are within the 10th(lowest priority) class, and
as it said, "exceptions within each class are implementation-dependent and
may vary from processor to processor". It's expected for processors like
Intel Atom to trigger stack fault(SIGBUS), while we get page fault(SIGSEGV)
from common Core processors.

Signed-off-by: Tong Bo <>
Acked-by: Andy Lutomirski <>
tools/testing/selftests/x86/syscall_arg_fault.c | 10 ++++++++--
1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/testing/selftests/x86/syscall_arg_fault.c b/tools/testing/selftests/x86/syscall_arg_fault.c
index 7db4fc9..d2548401 100644
--- a/tools/testing/selftests/x86/syscall_arg_fault.c
+++ b/tools/testing/selftests/x86/syscall_arg_fault.c
@@ -43,7 +43,7 @@ static sigjmp_buf jmpbuf;

static volatile sig_atomic_t n_errs;

-static void sigsegv(int sig, siginfo_t *info, void *ctx_void)
+static void sigsegv_or_sigbus(int sig, siginfo_t *info, void *ctx_void)
ucontext_t *ctx = (ucontext_t*)ctx_void;

@@ -73,7 +73,13 @@ int main()
if (sigaltstack(&stack, NULL) != 0)
err(1, "sigaltstack");

- sethandler(SIGSEGV, sigsegv, SA_ONSTACK);
+ sethandler(SIGSEGV, sigsegv_or_sigbus, SA_ONSTACK);
+ /*
+ * The actual exception can vary. On Atom CPUs, we get #SS
+ * instead of #PF when the vDSO fails to access the stack when
+ * ESP is too close to 2^32, and #SS causes SIGBUS.
+ */
+ sethandler(SIGBUS, sigsegv_or_sigbus, SA_ONSTACK);
sethandler(SIGILL, sigill, SA_ONSTACK);

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