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Subject[tip: x86/seves] x86/head/64: Disable stack protection for head$(BITS).o
The following commit has been merged into the x86/seves branch of tip:

Commit-ID: 103a4908ad4da9decdf9bc7216ec5a4861edf703
Author: Arvind Sankar <>
AuthorDate: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:16:23 -04:00
Committer: Borislav Petkov <>
CommitterDate: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:11:00 +02:00

x86/head/64: Disable stack protection for head$(BITS).o

On 64-bit, the startup_64_setup_env() function added in

866b556efa12 ("x86/head/64: Install startup GDT")

has stack protection enabled because of set_bringup_idt_handler().
This happens when CONFIG_STACKPROTECTOR_STRONG is enabled. It
also currently needs CONFIG_AMD_MEM_ENCRYPT enabled because then
set_bringup_idt_handler() is not an empty stub but that might change in
the future, when the other vendor adds their similar technology.

At this point, %gs is not yet initialized, and this doesn't cause a
crash only because the #PF handler from the decompressor stub is still
installed and handles the page fault.

Disable stack protection for the whole file, and do it on 32-bit as
well to avoid surprises.

[ bp: Extend commit message with the exact explanation how it happens. ]

Signed-off-by: Arvind Sankar <>
Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <>
Reviewed-by: Joerg Roedel <>
arch/x86/kernel/Makefile | 2 ++
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/Makefile b/arch/x86/kernel/Makefile
index 04ceea8..68608bd 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/Makefile
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/Makefile
@@ -47,6 +47,8 @@ endif
# non-deterministic coverage.

+CFLAGS_head$(BITS).o += -fno-stack-protector
CFLAGS_irq.o := -I $(srctree)/$(src)/../include/asm/trace

obj-y := process_$(BITS).o signal.o
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