[3.16.y-ckt stable] Patch "x86/asm/entry/64: Remove a bogus 'ret_from_fork' optimization" has been added to staging queue

Luis Henriques luis.henriques at canonical.com
Thu Mar 19 10:13:24 UTC 2015

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

    x86/asm/entry/64: Remove a bogus 'ret_from_fork' optimization

to the linux-3.16.y-queue branch of the 3.16.y-ckt extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version 3.16.7-ckt9.

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

For more information about the 3.16.y-ckt tree, see



>From c1dc5bb3c7e51084423e5fff2537c1922849b829 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Andy Lutomirski <luto at amacapital.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 01:09:44 +0100
Subject: x86/asm/entry/64: Remove a bogus 'ret_from_fork' optimization

commit 956421fbb74c3a6261903f3836c0740187cf038b upstream.

'ret_from_fork' checks TIF_IA32 to determine whether 'pt_regs' and
the related state make sense for 'ret_from_sys_call'.  This is
entirely the wrong check.  TS_COMPAT would make a little more
sense, but there's really no point in keeping this optimization
at all.

This fixes a return to the wrong user CS if we came from int
0x80 in a 64-bit task.

Signed-off-by: Andy Lutomirski <luto at amacapital.net>
Cc: Borislav Petkov <bp at alien8.de>
Cc: Denys Vlasenko <dvlasenk at redhat.com>
Cc: H. Peter Anvin <hpa at zytor.com>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds at linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Oleg Nesterov <oleg at redhat.com>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/4710be56d76ef994ddf59087aad98c000fbab9a4.1424989793.git.luto@amacapital.net
[ Backported from tip:x86/asm. ]
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo at kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <luis.henriques at canonical.com>
 arch/x86/kernel/entry_64.S | 13 ++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/entry_64.S b/arch/x86/kernel/entry_64.S
index 902a14d02882..94aa18a9cc11 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/entry_64.S
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/entry_64.S
@@ -335,11 +335,14 @@ ENTRY(ret_from_fork)
 	testl $3, CS-ARGOFFSET(%rsp)		# from kernel_thread?
 	jz   1f

-	testl $_TIF_IA32, TI_flags(%rcx)	# 32-bit compat task needs IRET
-	jnz  int_ret_from_sys_call
-	jmp ret_from_sys_call			# go to the SYSRET fastpath
+	/*
+	 * By the time we get here, we have no idea whether our pt_regs,
+	 * ti flags, and ti status came from the 64-bit SYSCALL fast path,
+	 * the slow path, or one of the ia32entry paths.
+	 * Use int_ret_from_sys_call to return, since it can safely handle
+	 * all of the above.
+	 */
+	jmp  int_ret_from_sys_call

 	subq $REST_SKIP, %rsp	# leave space for volatiles

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