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From: Michael Schmitz <>
To: Al Viro <>
	Geert Uytterhoeven <>,
	Greg Ungerer <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/3] m68k: leave stack mangling to asm wrapper of sigreturn()
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:02:22 +1200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Al,

On 16/09/21 15:21, Al Viro wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 12:53:53PM +1200, Michael Schmitz wrote:
>>> IOW, what would be the benefit of trying to avoid unconditional gap there?
>> Avoiding a kernel stack overflow - there are comments in the code that warn
>> against that, but those may be largely historic...
> This is syscall entry; moreover, it critically relies upon the fixed stack
> layout - type 0 exception frame + pt_regs + switch_stack + (now) gap.

AFAIR, the concerns in the comments I saw were about interrupts - come 
to think of it, back in the early days, we used to have 'fast' and 
'slow' interrupt handlers, with much of the heavy lifting done in the 
handler, and slow interrupts allowed to lower the IPL. Probably no 
longer relevant.

> Followed by fairly shallow C call chain.  I suspect that the deepest you
> can get there is when you get an unmapped page when reading the sigframe
> and go into page fault handling, with call chain going into some filesystem's
> ->readpage().  If it was that close to stack overflow, we'd see them all
> the time in e.g. random net ioctl doing copy_from_user() - that's going
> to be deeper.  Or in stat(2), for that matter.

Your points are well taken - I can see now that my concerns are without 

The only question that remains is whether the third patch can also go to 
-stable. Most of my testing was with all three patches applied, I can 
drop the third one and retest if you're worries the third one is not 
appropriate for -stable.



  reply	other threads:[~2021-09-16  5:04 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 19+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-07-25 17:18 [RFC][CFT] signal handling fixes Al Viro
2021-07-25 17:19 ` [PATCH 1/3] m68k: handle arrivals of multiple signals correctly Al Viro
2021-09-15 22:08   ` Michael Schmitz
2021-07-25 17:19 ` [PATCH 2/3] m68k: update ->thread.esp0 before calling syscall_trace() in ret_from_signal Al Viro
2021-09-15 22:19   ` Michael Schmitz
2021-07-25 17:20 ` [PATCH 3/3] m68k: leave stack mangling to asm wrapper of sigreturn() Al Viro
2021-09-15 23:35   ` Michael Schmitz
2021-09-16  0:19     ` Al Viro
2021-09-16  0:53       ` Michael Schmitz
2021-09-16  3:21         ` Al Viro
2021-09-16  5:02           ` Michael Schmitz [this message]
2021-09-16 16:14             ` Al Viro
2021-07-27 10:21 ` [RFC][CFT] signal handling fixes Finn Thain
2021-07-27 14:42   ` Al Viro
2021-07-28  1:23     ` Finn Thain
2021-08-11  1:42     ` Finn Thain
2021-09-16  9:03 ` Finn Thain
2021-09-23 14:43   ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2021-09-23 14:45 ` Geert Uytterhoeven

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