RE: gate page oops

From: David Mosberger <>
Date: 2005-06-07 10:06:23
>>>>> On Tue, 3 May 2005 16:47:47 -0400 (EDT), Jason Baron <> said:

  Jason> On Fri, 29 Apr 2005, David Mosberger wrote:

  >> >>>>> On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 13:10:06 -0400 (EDT), Jason Baron <> said:
  Jason> On Fri, 22 Apr 2005, Luck, Tony wrote:
  >> >> The gate page only needs to be PAGE_SIZE ... doesn't it?
  Jason> I'm not really sure...i was hoping somebody on the list would
  Jason> know :) If you look at setup_gate(), it establishes two gate
  Jason> pages, the comment says:
  Jason> * Map the gate page twice: once read-only to export the ELF
  Jason> headers etc. and once * execute-only page to enable
  Jason> privilege-promotion via "epc":
  Jason> So the patch i proposed was intended to allow user access to
  Jason> these two regions. Currently, that isn't being done properly,
  Jason> leading to an oops.

  >> Yes, IIRC, we need to give ptrace() access to the execute-only page so
  >> that a debugger can read and decode the instruction at the address
  >> (yes, that circumvents the execute-only part of the mapping, but we
  >> don't really care about that; the only reason it's execute-only is
  >> because that's the only way to get the promote-privilege-on-epc
  >> behavior).

  Jason> So are there any objections to the patch? It seems to be
  Jason> consistent with this, and it fixes a local DOS.

I (finally) looked into this again and my current thinking is that it
may be better to go back to mapping the two pages consecutively.  The
gate-related code has an implicit assumption that the gate-area is
occupying a single region of memory (that _could_ be changed, though).
Re-enabling the HAVE_BUGG_SEGREL code unconditionally should do that,
at the expense of increasing the size of the kernel's ELF image by
16KB.  I need to double-check, but I think there won't be any other
negative side-effects.

More on this a bit later...

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