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Date:	Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:35:05 -0500
From:	Chuck Ebbert <>
To:	Ingo Molnar <>,
	Andrew Morton <>
Cc:	Aaron Tomlin <>,
	James Hogan <>,
Subject: [PATCH V2] Fix end_of_stack() and location of stack canary for
 archs using STACK_GROWSUP

Aaron Tomlin recently posted patches [1] to enable checking the stack
canary on every task switch. Looking at the canary code, I realized
that every arch (except ia64, which adds some space for register spill
above the stack) shares a definition of end_of_stack() that makes it
the first long after the threadinfo.

For stacks that grow down, this low address is correct because the stack starts
at the end of the thread area and grows toward lower addresses. However, for
stacks that grow up, toward higher addresses, this is wrong. (The stack actually
grows away from the canary.) On these archs end_of_stack() should return the 
address of the last long, at the highest possible address for the stack.


Signed-off-by: Chuck Ebbert <>
Tested-by: James Hogan <> [metag]
Acked-by: James Hogan <>
Acked-by: Aaron Tomlin <>

V2: Fix line length, add Tested-by and Acked-bys

diff a/include/linux/sched.h b/include/linux/sched.h
--- a/include/linux/sched.h
+++ b/include/linux/sched.h
@@ -2611,7 +2611,12 @@ static inline void setup_thread_stack(struct task_struct *p, struct task_struct
 static inline unsigned long *end_of_stack(struct task_struct *p)
+	return (unsigned long *)
+	       ((unsigned long)task_thread_info(p) + THREAD_SIZE) - 1;
 	return (unsigned long *)(task_thread_info(p) + 1);
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