[3.13.y.z extended stable] Patch "x86_64, entry: Filter RFLAGS.NT on entry from userspace" has been added to staging queue

Kamal Mostafa kamal at canonical.com
Tue Oct 21 20:09:29 UTC 2014

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

    x86_64, entry: Filter RFLAGS.NT on entry from userspace

to the linux-3.13.y-queue branch of the 3.13.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version

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

For more information about the 3.13.y.z tree, see



>From f4e0b27521b86d30ec53883d1096bb285717b1c2 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Andy Lutomirski <luto at amacapital.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:49:04 -0700
Subject: x86_64, entry: Filter RFLAGS.NT on entry from userspace

commit 8c7aa698baca5e8f1ba9edb68081f1e7a1abf455 upstream.

The NT flag doesn't do anything in long mode other than causing IRET
to #GP.  Oddly, CPL3 code can still set NT using popf.

Entry via hardware or software interrupt clears NT automatically, so
the only relevant entries are fast syscalls.

If user code causes kernel code to run with NT set, then there's at
least some (small) chance that it could cause trouble.  For example,
user code could cause a call to EFI code with NT set, and who knows
what would happen?  Apparently some games on Wine sometimes do
this (!), and, if an IRET return happens, they will segfault.  That
segfault cannot be handled, because signal delivery fails, too.

This patch programs the CPU to clear NT on entry via SYSCALL (both
32-bit and 64-bit, by my reading of the AMD APM), and it clears NT
in software on entry via SYSENTER.

To save a few cycles, this borrows a trick from Jan Beulich in Xen:
it checks whether NT is set before trying to clear it.  As a result,
it seems to have very little effect on SYSENTER performance on my

There's another minor bug fix in here: it looks like the CFI
annotations were wrong if CONFIG_AUDITSYSCALL=n.

Testers beware: on Xen, SYSENTER with NT set turns into a GPF.

I haven't touched anything on 32-bit kernels.

The syscall mask change comes from a variant of this patch by Anish

Note to stable maintainers: there is no known security issue here.
A misguided program can set NT and cause the kernel to try and fail
to deliver SIGSEGV, crashing the program.  This patch fixes Far Cry
on Wine: https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=33275

Reported-by: Anish Bhatt <anish at chelsio.com>
Signed-off-by: Andy Lutomirski <luto at amacapital.net>
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/395749a5d39a29bd3e4b35899cf3a3c1340e5595.1412189265.git.luto@amacapital.net
Signed-off-by: H. Peter Anvin <hpa at zytor.com>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
 arch/x86/ia32/ia32entry.S    | 18 +++++++++++++++++-
 arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c |  2 +-
 2 files changed, 18 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/ia32/ia32entry.S b/arch/x86/ia32/ia32entry.S
index 4299eb0..711de08 100644
--- a/arch/x86/ia32/ia32entry.S
+++ b/arch/x86/ia32/ia32entry.S
@@ -151,6 +151,16 @@ ENTRY(ia32_sysenter_target)
 1:	movl	(%rbp),%ebp
+	/*
+	 * Sysenter doesn't filter flags, so we need to clear NT
+	 * ourselves.  To save a few cycles, we can check whether
+	 * NT was set instead of doing an unconditional popfq.
+	 */
+	testl $X86_EFLAGS_NT,EFLAGS(%rsp)	/* saved EFLAGS match cpu */
+	jnz sysenter_fix_flags
@@ -184,6 +194,8 @@ sysexit_from_sys_call:

 	.macro auditsys_entry_common
 	movl %esi,%r9d			/* 6th arg: 4th syscall arg */
@@ -226,7 +238,6 @@ sysexit_from_sys_call:

 	movl %ebp,%r9d			/* reload 6th syscall arg */
 	jmp sysenter_dispatch
@@ -235,6 +246,11 @@ sysexit_audit:
 	auditsys_exit sysexit_from_sys_call

+	pushq_cfi $(X86_EFLAGS_IF|X86_EFLAGS_FIXED)
+	popfq_cfi
+	jmp sysenter_flags_fixed
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
index fe2bdd0..78ecb5e 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
@@ -1140,7 +1140,7 @@ void syscall_init(void)
 	/* Flags to clear on syscall */
-	       X86_EFLAGS_IOPL|X86_EFLAGS_AC);


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