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Date:	Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:14:15 +0200
From:	Ingo Molnar <>
To:	Jan Beulich <>
Subject: Re: Withdraw: [PATCH] x86-64: fix another kernel data leak to
	32-bit processes

* Jan Beulich <> wrote:

> >Unfortunately I didn't realize that the other instances of branches 
> >to int_ret_from_sys_call also need fixing when preparing the previous 
> >similar patch. The issue fixed here was in fact introduced by an 
> >earlier patch of mine (295286a89107c353b9677bc604361c537fd6a1c0, i.e. 
> >in 2.6.28, but through stable now also present in 2.6.27), making 
> >kernel stack contents potentially visible through R8...R11 when an 
> >this or earlier syscall got interrupted prior to the handler being 
> >able to decrement the stack pointer (such that the space normally 
> >used by those registers within pt_regs would get overwritten by the 
> >interrupt handler stub).
> That analysis wasn't right after all - there's a CLEAR_RREGS in each 
> of the modified paths already, so the change is unnecessary (and 
> adding redundant code). Please don't apply it.
> >While touching the code, I also swapped the branch pairs so that the 
> >static branch prediction logic would consider the syscall-number-in- 
> >range case the taken path.
> If this would seem a worthwhile change, I can re-send it as a 
> separate, lower priority patch...

Please do - thanks!

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