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SubjectRe: 4.14.9 doesn't boot (regression)

> On Dec 29, 2017, at 3:53 PM, Linus Torvalds <> wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 2:30 PM, Toralf Förster <> wrote:
>> The bad news - the issue is not solved with the changed cflags.
>> The good news - I could compile eventually a working config for my desktop (works fine with 4.14.10 with generic CPU) having a higher screen resolution during boot.
>> So I made a "make distclean", followed by a "sudo zcat /proc/config.gz > .config", changed the .config to use MCORE2 instead of GENERIC and defined the string "-local" to ensure that the modules directory is really unique.
>> Then I run "time make -j4 && sudo make modules_install && sudo cp arch/x86_64/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-0 && sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg", booted and made 3 fotos which were uploaded to [1], look for IMG_*
> Ok, so what does seem to be consistent for everybody is that
> double-fault in the NMI backtrace.
> So the fact that the NMI always hits on a double-fault does make me
> suspect that it's a infinite stream of double-faults, and that is
> presumably also what causes the RCU timeout.
> And as I pointed out elsewhere (damn two threads), I think that it
> would help to simply catch the *first* double-fault.
> And I *think* that the only thing that can make a double-fault
> silently be re-tried is the CONFIG_X86_ESPFIX64 case, so if you can
> build a failing kernel with the CONFIG_X86_ESPFIX64 case disabled in
> arch/x86/kernel/traps.c do_double_fault(), that would be interesting.

Double faults use IST, so a double fault that double faults will effectively just start over rather than eventually running out of stack and triple faulting.

But check out the registers. We have RSP = ...28fd8 and CR2 = ...27f08. IOW the double fault stack is ...28000 - ...28fff and we're somehow getting a failed page fault a couple hundred bytes below the bottom of the IST stack. IOW, I think we're just stuck in a neverending loop of stack overflows.

(Also, Josh, the oops code should have printed the contents of the struct pt_regs at the top of the DF stack. Any idea why it didn't?)

Toralf, can you send the complete output of:

objdump -dr arch/x86/kernel/traps.o

From the build tree of a nonworking kernel?

Also, you wouldn't happen to be using Gentoo perchance? I already have two reports of a Gentoo system miscompiling the vDSO due to Gentoo enabling -fstack-check and GCC generating stack check code that is highly suboptimal, actively incorrect, and doesn't even manage to check the stack in a particularly helpful way.

If this is indeed what's going on, I'm going to try to come up with a patch to outright fail the build on these buggy systems. We could probably fudge the build options to avoid the problem, but Gentoo really just needs fix its toolchain.

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