[3.13.y.z extended stable] Patch "ARM: 8128/1: abort: don't clear the exclusive monitors" has been added to staging queue

Kamal Mostafa kamal at canonical.com
Tue Sep 30 21:29:40 UTC 2014

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

    ARM: 8128/1: abort: don't clear the exclusive monitors

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 0b9703b8aaf142ae26135f73de5fd7713f474e7c Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland at arm.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:11:49 +0100
Subject: ARM: 8128/1: abort: don't clear the exclusive monitors

commit 85868313177700d20644263a782351262d2aff84 upstream.

The ARMv6 and ARMv7 early abort handlers clear the exclusive monitors
upon entry to the kernel, but this is redundant:

  - We clear the monitors on every exception return since commit
    200b812d0084 ("Clear the exclusive monitor when returning from an
    exception"), so this is not necessary to ensure the monitors are
    cleared before returning from a fault handler.

  - Any dummy STREX will target a temporary scratch area in memory, and
    may succeed or fail without corrupting useful data. Its status value
    will not be used.

  - Any other STREX in the kernel must be preceded by an LDREX, which
    will initialise the monitors consistently and will not depend on the
    earlier state of the monitors.

Therefore we have no reason to care about the initial state of the
exclusive monitors when a data abort is taken, and clearing the monitors
prior to exception return (as we already do) is sufficient.

This patch removes the redundant clearing of the exclusive monitors from
the early abort handlers.

Signed-off-by: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland at arm.com>
Acked-by: Will Deacon <will.deacon at arm.com>
Signed-off-by: Russell King <rmk+kernel at arm.linux.org.uk>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
 arch/arm/mm/abort-ev6.S | 6 ------
 arch/arm/mm/abort-ev7.S | 6 ------
 2 files changed, 12 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/arm/mm/abort-ev6.S b/arch/arm/mm/abort-ev6.S
index 3815a82..8c48c5c 100644
--- a/arch/arm/mm/abort-ev6.S
+++ b/arch/arm/mm/abort-ev6.S
@@ -17,12 +17,6 @@
 	.align	5
-#ifdef CONFIG_CPU_V6
-	sub	r1, sp, #4			@ Get unused stack location
-	strex	r0, r1, [r1]			@ Clear the exclusive monitor
-#elif defined(CONFIG_CPU_32v6K)
-	clrex
 	mrc	p15, 0, r1, c5, c0, 0		@ get FSR
 	mrc	p15, 0, r0, c6, c0, 0		@ get FAR
diff --git a/arch/arm/mm/abort-ev7.S b/arch/arm/mm/abort-ev7.S
index 7033752..4812ad0 100644
--- a/arch/arm/mm/abort-ev7.S
+++ b/arch/arm/mm/abort-ev7.S
@@ -13,12 +13,6 @@
 	.align	5
-	/*
-	 * The effect of data aborts on on the exclusive access monitor are
-	 * UNPREDICTABLE. Do a CLREX to clear the state
-	 */
-	clrex
 	mrc	p15, 0, r1, c5, c0, 0		@ get FSR
 	mrc	p15, 0, r0, c6, c0, 0		@ get FAR


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