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Subject[PATCH v3 7/7] x86/alternatives: remove text_poke() return value
The return value of text_poke() is meaningless - it is one of the
function inputs. One day someone may allow the callers to deal with
text_poke() failures, if those actually happen.

In the meanwhile, remove the return value.

Cc: Andy Lutomirski <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Reviewed-by: Masami Hiramatsu <>
Tested-by: Masami Hiramatsu <>
Signed-off-by: Nadav Amit <>
arch/x86/include/asm/text-patching.h | 2 +-
arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c | 3 +--
2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/text-patching.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/text-patching.h
index ffe7902cc326..1f73f71b4de2 100644
--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/text-patching.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/text-patching.h
@@ -34,7 +34,7 @@ extern void *text_poke_early(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len);
* On the local CPU you need to be protected again NMI or MCE handlers seeing an
* inconsistent instruction while you patch.
-extern void *text_poke(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len);
+extern void text_poke(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len);
extern int poke_int3_handler(struct pt_regs *regs);
extern void *text_poke_bp(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len, void *handler);
extern int after_bootmem;
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
index 1a40df4db450..6d64d7f8c2ed 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
@@ -698,7 +698,7 @@ __ro_after_init unsigned long poking_addr;
* holding the mutex and ensures that none of them will acquire the
* mutex while the code runs.
-void *text_poke(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len)
+void text_poke(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len)
bool cross_page_boundary = offset_in_page(addr) + len > PAGE_SIZE;
temporary_mm_state_t prev;
@@ -805,7 +805,6 @@ void *text_poke(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len)
BUG_ON(memcmp(addr, opcode, len));
- return addr;

static void do_sync_core(void *info)
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