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SubjectRe: [PATCH 10/39] x86/entry/32: Handle Entry from Kernel-Mode on Entry-Stack
On Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 07:36:47AM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> But I’m still unconvinced. If any code executed with IRQs enabled on
> the entry stack, then that code is terminally buggy. If you’re
> executing with IRQs off, you’re not going to get migrated. 64-bit
> kernels run on percpu stacks all the time, and it’s not a problem.

The code switches to the kernel-stack and kernel-cr3 and just remembers
where it came from (to handle the entry-from-kernel with entry-stack
and/or user-cr3 case). IRQs are disabled in the entry-code path. But
ultimately it calls into C code to handle the exception. And there IRQs
might get enabled again.

> IRET errors are genuinely special and, if they’re causing a problem
> for you, we should fix them the same way we deal with them on x86_64.

Right, IRET is handled differently and doesn't need this patch. But the
segment-writing exceptions do.

If you insist on it I can try to implement the assumption that we don't
get preempted in this code-path. That will safe us some cycles for
copying stack contents in this unlikely slow-path. But we definitly need
to handle the entry-from-kernel with entry-stack and/or user-cr3 case
correctly and make a switch to kernel-stack/cr3 because we are going to
call into C-code.


Regards,

Joerg

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