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Subject[PATCH 4.17 044/220] powerpc/mm/hash: Add missing isync prior to kernel stack SLB switch
4.17-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Aneesh Kumar K.V <>

commit 91d06971881f71d945910de128658038513d1b24 upstream.

Currently we do not have an isync, or any other context synchronizing
instruction prior to the slbie/slbmte in _switch() that updates the
SLB entry for the kernel stack.

However that is not correct as outlined in the ISA.

>From Power ISA Version 3.0B, Book III, Chapter 11, page 1133:

"Changing the contents of ... the contents of SLB entries ... can
have the side effect of altering the context in which data
addresses and instruction addresses are interpreted, and in which
instructions are executed and data accesses are performed.
These side effects need not occur in program order, and therefore
may require explicit synchronization by software.
The synchronizing instruction before the context-altering
instruction ensures that all instructions up to and including that
synchronizing instruction are fetched and executed in the context
that existed before the alteration."

And page 1136:

"For data accesses, the context synchronizing instruction before the
slbie, slbieg, slbia, slbmte, tlbie, or tlbiel instruction ensures
that all preceding instructions that access data storage have
completed to a point at which they have reported all exceptions
they will cause."

We're not aware of any bugs caused by this, but it should be fixed

Add the missing isync when updating kernel stack SLB entry.

Signed-off-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <>
[mpe: Flesh out change log with more ISA text & explanation]
Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

arch/powerpc/kernel/entry_64.S | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/entry_64.S
+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/entry_64.S
* actually hit this code path.

+ isync
slbie r6
slbie r6 /* Workaround POWER5 < DD2.1 issue */
slbmte r7,r0

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