[PATCH] powerpc: Don't clobber fr0/vs0 during fp|altivec register save

Christophe Leroy christophe.leroy at csgroup.eu
Wed Nov 29 21:47:56 AEDT 2023

Le 29/11/2023 à 11:30, Salvatore Bonaccorso a écrit :
> Hi,
> On Sun, Nov 19, 2023 at 06:14:50AM -0700, Jens Axboe wrote:
>> On 11/18/23 4:45 PM, Timothy Pearson wrote:
>>> During floating point and vector save to thread data fr0/vs0 are clobbered
>>> by the FPSCR/VSCR store routine.  This leads to userspace register corruption
>>> and application data corruption / crash under the following rare condition:
>>>   * A userspace thread is executing with VSX/FP mode enabled
>>>   * The userspace thread is making active use of fr0 and/or vs0
>>>   * An IPI is taken in kernel mode, forcing the userspace thread to reschedule
>>>   * The userspace thread is interrupted by the IPI before accessing data it
>>>     previously stored in fr0/vs0
>>>   * The thread being switched in by the IPI has a pending signal
>>> If these exact criteria are met, then the following sequence happens:
>>>   * The existing thread FP storage is still valid before the IPI, due to a
>>>     prior call to save_fpu() or store_fp_state().  Note that the current
>>>     fr0/vs0 registers have been clobbered, so the FP/VSX state in registers
>>>     is now invalid pending a call to restore_fp()/restore_altivec().
>>>   * IPI -- FP/VSX register state remains invalid
>>>   * interrupt_exit_user_prepare_main() calls do_notify_resume(),
>>>     due to the pending signal
>>>   * do_notify_resume() eventually calls save_fpu() via giveup_fpu(), which
>>>     merrily reads and saves the invalid FP/VSX state to thread local storage.
>>>   * interrupt_exit_user_prepare_main() calls restore_math(), writing the invalid
>>>     FP/VSX state back to registers.
>>>   * Execution is released to userspace, and the application crashes or corrupts
>>>     data.
>> What an epic bug hunt! Hats off to you for seeing it through and getting
>> to the bottom of it. Particularly difficult as the commit that made it
>> easier to trigger was in no way related to where the actual bug was.
>> I ran this on the vm I have access to, and it survived 2x500 iterations.
>> Happy to call that good:
>> Tested-by: Jens Axboe <axboe at kernel.dk>
> Thanks to all involved!
> Is this going to land soon in mainline so it can be picked as well for
> the affected stable trees?

This version of the patch has been superseded.

As said by Michael in the relavant thread, the plan is to have version 2 
of this patch in 6.7-rc4, see 


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