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SubjectRe: [patch 08/10] x86/entry/32: Remove the 0/-1 distinction from exception entries
Andy Lutomirski <> writes:

> On 2/25/20 1:36 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> Nothing cares about the -1 "mark as interrupt" in the errorcode anymore. Just
>> use 0 for all excpetions which do not have an errorcode consistently.
> I sincerely wish this were the case. But look at collect_syscall() in
> lib/syscall.c.
> It would be really quite nice to address this for real in some
> low-overhead way. My suggestion would be to borrow a trick from 32-bit:
> split regs->cs into ->cs and ->__csh, and stick CS_FROM_SYSCALL into
> __csh for syscalls. This will only add any overhead at all to the int80
> case. Then we could adjust syscall_get_nr() to look for CS_FROM_SYSCALL.
> What do you think? An alternative would be to use the stack walking
> machinery in collect_syscall(), since the mere existence of that
> function is abomination and we may not care about performance.

Looking deeper. The code in common_exception does:

movl PT_ORIG_EAX(%esp), %edx # get the error code
movl $-1, PT_ORIG_EAX(%esp) # no syscall to restart

So whatever the exception pushed on the stack the thing what
collect_syscall finds is -1.

The pushed value is used as the error_code argument for the exception
handler and I really can't find a single one which cares (anymore).

But darn and I overlooked that, it's propagated to do_trap() and
friends, but even if this causes a user visible change, I doubt that
anything cares about it today simply because for giggles a 64bit kernel
unconditionally pushes 0 for all exceptions which do not have a hardware
error code on stack. So any 32bit application which excpects a
particular error code (0/-1) in the signal would have been broken on the
first day it ran on a x64 bit kernel.

If someone yells regression, then that's really trivial to fix in

Let me rephrase the changelog for this.



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