[PATCH] powerpc: fix altivec_unavailable_exception Oopses

Alan Curry pacman at TheWorld.com
Wed Feb 22 10:39:03 EST 2006

altivec_unavailable_exception is called without setting r3... it looks like
the r3 that actually gets passed in as struct pt_regs *regs is the
undisturbed value of r3 at the time the altivec instruction was encountered.
The user actually gets to choose the pt_regs printed in the Oops!

After applying the following patch to 2.6.16-rc4, I can no longer cause an
Oops by executing an altivec instruction with CONFIG_ALTIVEC=n. The same
change would probably also be good for arch/ppc/kernel/head.S to fix the same
Oops in, though I haven't tested that.

--- arch/powerpc/kernel/head_32.S.orig	2006-02-21 15:58:18.000000000 -0500
+++ arch/powerpc/kernel/head_32.S	2006-02-21 15:59:23.000000000 -0500
@@ -714,6 +714,7 @@
 	bne	load_up_altivec		/* if from user, just load it up */
 #endif /* CONFIG_ALTIVEC */
 	EXC_XFER_EE_LITE(0xf20, altivec_unavailable_exception)

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