[ 3.5.y.z extended stable ] Patch "s390: critical section cleanup vs. machine checks" has been added to staging queue

Luis Henriques luis.henriques at canonical.com
Wed Mar 20 10:43:47 UTC 2013

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    s390: critical section cleanup vs. machine checks

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
reply to this email.

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>From 3f24baf25d0ddadb54fe9cff8be7de1c6226d783 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Martin Schwidefsky <schwidefsky at de.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:28:41 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] s390: critical section cleanup vs. machine checks

commit 6551fbdfd8b85d1ab5822ac98abb4fb449bcfae0 upstream.

The current machine check code uses the registers stored by the machine
in the lowcore at __LC_GPREGS_SAVE_AREA as the registers of the interrupted
context. The registers 0-7 of a user process can get clobbered if a machine
checks interrupts the execution of a critical section in entry[64].S.

The reason is that the critical section cleanup code may need to modify
the PSW and the registers for the previous context to get to the end of a
critical section. If registers 0-7 have to be replaced the relevant copy
will be in the registers, which invalidates the copy in the lowcore. The
machine check handler needs to explicitly store registers 0-7 to the stack.

Signed-off-by: Martin Schwidefsky <schwidefsky at de.ibm.com>
Luis Henriques <luis.henriques at canonical.com>
 arch/s390/kernel/entry.S   | 3 ++-
 arch/s390/kernel/entry64.S | 5 +++--
 2 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/s390/kernel/entry.S b/arch/s390/kernel/entry.S
index 1ae93b5..b48e939 100644
--- a/arch/s390/kernel/entry.S
+++ b/arch/s390/kernel/entry.S
@@ -670,7 +670,8 @@ ENTRY(mcck_int_handler)
-	mvc	__PT_R0(64,%r11),__LC_GPREGS_SAVE_AREA
+	stm	%r0,%r7,__PT_R0(%r11)
+	mvc	__PT_R8(32,%r11),__LC_GPREGS_SAVE_AREA+32
 	stm	%r8,%r9,__PT_PSW(%r11)
 	xc	__SF_BACKCHAIN(4,%r15),__SF_BACKCHAIN(%r15)
 	l	%r1,BASED(.Ldo_machine_check)
diff --git a/arch/s390/kernel/entry64.S b/arch/s390/kernel/entry64.S
index 229fe1d..db8d885 100644
--- a/arch/s390/kernel/entry64.S
+++ b/arch/s390/kernel/entry64.S
@@ -697,8 +697,9 @@ ENTRY(mcck_int_handler)
-	lghi	%r14,__LC_GPREGS_SAVE_AREA
-	mvc	__PT_R0(128,%r11),0(%r14)
+	lghi	%r14,__LC_GPREGS_SAVE_AREA+64
+	stmg	%r0,%r7,__PT_R0(%r11)
+	mvc	__PT_R8(64,%r11),0(%r14)
 	stmg	%r8,%r9,__PT_PSW(%r11)
 	xc	__SF_BACKCHAIN(8,%r15),__SF_BACKCHAIN(%r15)
 	lgr	%r2,%r11		# pass pointer to pt_regs

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