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Subject[PATCH v7 12/72] x86/boot/compressed/64: Disable red-zone usage
From: Joerg Roedel <>

The x86-64 ABI defines a red-zone on the stack:

The 128-byte area beyond the location pointed to by %rsp is considered
to be reserved and shall not be modified by signal or interrupt
handlers. Therefore, functions may use this area for temporary data
that is not needed across function calls. In particular, leaf
functions may use this area for their entire stack frame, rather than
adjusting the stack pointer in the prologue and epilogue. This area is
known as the red zone.

This is not compatible with exception handling, because the IRET frame
written by the hardware at the stack pointer and the functions to handle
the exception will overwrite the temporary variables of the interrupted
function, causing undefined behavior. So disable red-zones for the
pre-decompression boot code.

Signed-off-by: Joerg Roedel <>
Reviewed-by: Kees Cook <>
arch/x86/boot/compressed/Makefile | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/boot/compressed/Makefile b/arch/x86/boot/compressed/Makefile
index 871cc071c925..258a2fca6659 100644
--- a/arch/x86/boot/compressed/Makefile
+++ b/arch/x86/boot/compressed/Makefile
@@ -32,7 +32,7 @@ KBUILD_CFLAGS := -m$(BITS) -O2
KBUILD_CFLAGS += -fno-strict-aliasing -fPIE
cflags-$(CONFIG_X86_32) := -march=i386
-cflags-$(CONFIG_X86_64) := -mcmodel=small
+cflags-$(CONFIG_X86_64) := -mcmodel=small -mno-red-zone
KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(cflags-y)
KBUILD_CFLAGS += -mno-mmx -mno-sse
KBUILD_CFLAGS += -ffreestanding
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