New 745x errata

Gabriel Paubert paubert at
Tue Nov 18 02:12:46 EST 2003

On Mon, Nov 17, 2003 at 02:57:53PM +0000, Adrian Cox wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-11-14 at 16:24, Tom Rini wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 13, 2003 at 11:05:17AM +0000, Adrian Cox wrote:
> > > 1) The BTIC doesn't work reliably: it can cause execution of
> > > corrupted instructions. (This is listed in the errata for the 7450
> > > and 7457, but not for the 7455. I'll only believe that the 7455
> > > escaped this bug if I hear confirmation out of Motorola.)
> >
> > I've done the opposite in something I've been waiting for 2.4.24-pre
> > to come out to fix. But I agree that it is odd that it's not listed
> > on the 7455.
> Still no word back from Motorola on the 7455. I think your patch
> should go in.
> Any opinion on the dcbt issue? It looks like it could provide a way
> for a malicious userspace application to crash the machine, though it
> needs a combination of:
> 1) good timing
> 2) a peripheral that would be confused by an extra read cycle

Well, only privileged applications should have access to
peripherals, no?

If a malicious application can map a peripheral, you have more
problems than crashing the machine, which is annoying but _nothing_
compared to the exposure of confidential data.

dcbt can improve performance in some cases, and the bug does not
affect an application which only has access to memory with default
attributes (write-back caching).

But maybe I miss something.


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