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Subject[PATCH 8/9] x86/fpu: correctly check for kthreads
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0cecca9d03c964ab ("x86/fpu: Eager switch PKRU state")

... switch_fpu_state() is trying to distinguish user threads from
kthreads, such that kthreads consistently use init_pkru_value. It does
do by looking at current->mm.

In general, a non-NULL current->mm doesn't imply that current is a
kthread, as kthreads can install an mm via use_mm(), and so it's
preferable to use is_kthread() to determine whether a thread is a

For consistency, let's use is_kthread() here.

Signed-off-by: Mark Rutland <>
Cc: Borislav Petkov <>
Cc: Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: Rik van Riel <>
Cc: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
arch/x86/include/asm/fpu/internal.h | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/fpu/internal.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/fpu/internal.h
index 4c95c365058a..ed3d85fa7c67 100644
--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/fpu/internal.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/fpu/internal.h
@@ -607,7 +607,7 @@ static inline void switch_fpu_finish(struct fpu *new_fpu)
* PKRU state is switched eagerly because it needs to be valid before we
* return to userland e.g. for a copy_to_user() operation.
- if (current->mm) {
+ if (!is_kthread(current)) {
pk = get_xsave_addr(&new_fpu->state.xsave, XFEATURE_PKRU);
if (pk)
pkru_val = pk->pkru;
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