Re: [PATCH] hpwd watchdog mark page executable

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On 12/20/2011 04:50 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
On Mon,  5 Dec 2011 16:25:39 -0800
Maxim Uvarov<maxim.uvarov@xxxxxxxxxx>  wrote:

Mark hpwdt watchdog pages executable to prevent failing:
BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at c00f0000
  IP: [<c00f0000>] 0xc00effff
  *pdpt = 0000000000b7c001 *pde = 0000000000cf5067 *pte = 80000000000f0163
  Oops: 0011 [#1] SMP


--- a/drivers/watchdog/hpwdt.c
+++ b/drivers/watchdog/hpwdt.c
@@ -335,6 +335,8 @@ static int __devinit detect_cru_service(void)
  	if (p == NULL)
  		return -ENOMEM;

+	set_memory_x((unsigned long)p&  PAGE_MASK, ROM_SIZE>>  PAGE_SHIFT);
  	for (q = p; q<  p + ROM_SIZE; q += 16) {
  		rc = bios32_present(q);
  		if (!rc)

Odd.  Either nobody else is using this driver, or there's something
special about your setup.  Are you able to explain this?

Code drivers/watchdog/hpwdt.c is ifdefed on 2 branches for 32 and 64 bit accordingly. For 64 bit address for watchdog handler is used from smbios, for 32 bit - from ioremap(0x000F0000, ). Accordingly 64 kernel unsets _PAGE_NX flag to pages. I.e. calls set_memory_x(). But 32 bit did not do so. It worked on 2.6.32 and since 3.0 looks like additional page protection code was added. I can't find the right commit which changed it right now.

Also, do you believe that this fix should be backported into earlier
stable kernels and if so, why?

Andrew, I found this problem in 3.0 than checked that it exist in linux-next when it was 3.1+. Because it's panic on module loading, yes this is critical bug and it's needs to be back-ported. (Actually this driver was not changed so simple cherry-pick one line patch will work.).

 > Thanks.

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