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Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:12:29 +0200
From: Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>
To: Thomas Garnier <thgarnie@...gle.com>
Cc: Martin Schwidefsky <schwidefsky@...ibm.com>,
	Heiko Carstens <heiko.carstens@...ibm.com>,
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Subject: Re: [PATCH v7 1/4] syscalls: Restore address limit after a syscall


* Thomas Garnier <thgarnie@...gle.com> wrote:

> >> +#ifdef CONFIG_ARCH_NO_SYSCALL_VERIFY_PRE_USERMODE_STATE
> >> +/*
> >> + * This function is called when an architecture specific implementation detected
> >> + * an invalid address limit. The generic user-mode state checker will finish on
> >> + * the appropriate BUG_ON.
> >> + */
> >> +asmlinkage void address_limit_check_failed(void)
> >> +{
> >> +     verify_pre_usermode_state();
> >> +     panic("address_limit_check_failed called with a valid user-mode state");
> >
> > It's very unconstructive to unconditionally panic the system, just because some
> > kernel code leaked the address limit! Do a warn-once printout and kill the current
> > task (i.e. don't continue execution), but don't crash everything else!
> 
> The original change did not crash the kernel for this exact reason.
> Through reviews, there was an overall agreement that the kernel should
> not continue in this state.

Ok, I guess we can try that - but the panic message is still pretty misleading:

	panic("address_limit_check_failed called with a valid user-mode state");

... so it was called with a _valid_ user-mode state, and we crash due to something 
valid? Huh?

( Also, the style rule applies to kernel messages as well: function names should 
  be referred to as "function_name()". )

Thanks,

	Ingo

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