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Date:	Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:04:03 -0400
From:	Eric Paris <>
Cc:	Eric Paris <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>,,,
Subject: [PATCH] i386/audit: stop scribbling on the stack frame

git commit b4f0d3755c5e9cc86292d5fd78261903b4f23d4a was very very dumb.
It was writing over %esp/pt_regs semi-randomly on i686  with the expected
"system can't boot" results.  As noted in:

This patch stops fscking with pt_regs.  Instead it sets up the registers
for the call to __audit_syscall_entry in the most obvious conceivable
way.  It then does just a tiny tiny touch of magic.  We need to get what
started in PT_EDX into 0(%esp) and PT_ESI into 4(%esp).  This is as easy
as a pair of pushes.

After the call to __audit_syscall_entry all we need to do is get that
now useless junk off the stack (pair of pops) and reload %eax with the
original syscall so other stuff can keep going about it's business.

Signed-off-by: Eric Paris <>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <>
 arch/x86/kernel/entry_32.S | 15 +++++++--------
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/entry_32.S b/arch/x86/kernel/entry_32.S
index f9e3fab..fb01d22 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/entry_32.S
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/entry_32.S
@@ -447,15 +447,14 @@ sysenter_exit:
 	jnz syscall_trace_entry
-	addl $4,%esp
-	movl %esi,4(%esp)		/* 5th arg: 4th syscall arg */
-	movl %edx,(%esp)		/* 4th arg: 3rd syscall arg */
-	/* %ecx already in %ecx		   3rd arg: 2nd syscall arg */
-	movl %ebx,%edx			/* 2nd arg: 1st syscall arg */
-	/* %eax already in %eax		   1st arg: syscall number */
+	/* movl PT_EAX(%esp), %eax	already set, syscall number: 1st arg to audit */
+	movl PT_EBX(%esp), %edx		/* ebx/a0: 2nd arg to audit */
+	/* movl PT_ECX(%esp), %ecx	already set, a1: 3nd arg to audit */
+	pushl_cfi PT_ESI(%esp)		/* a3: 5th arg */
+	pushl_cfi PT_EDX+4(%esp)	/* a2: 4th arg */
 	call __audit_syscall_entry
-	pushl_cfi %ebx
+	popl_cfi %ecx /* get that remapped edx off the stack */
+	popl_cfi %ecx /* get that remapped esi off the stack */
 	movl PT_EAX(%esp),%eax		/* reload syscall number */
 	jmp sysenter_do_call

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