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Date:   Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:00:59 -0800
From:   Vineet Gupta <Vineet.Gupta1@...opsys.com>
To:     Alexey Brodkin <Alexey.Brodkin@...opsys.com>,
        <linux-snps-arc@...ts.infradead.org>
CC:     <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, John Crispin <john@...ozen.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] arc: enable unaligned access in kernel mode

On 12/21/2016 03:40 AM, Alexey Brodkin wrote:
> This enables misaligned access handling even in kernel mode.
> Some wireless drivers (ath9k-htc and mt7601u) use misaligned accesses
> here and there and to cope with that without fixing stuff in the drivers
> we're just gracefully handling it on ARC.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Alexey Brodkin <abrodkin@...opsys.com>
> Cc: John Crispin <john@...ozen.org>
> ---
>  arch/arc/kernel/unaligned.c | 4 ++--
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> 
> diff --git a/arch/arc/kernel/unaligned.c b/arch/arc/kernel/unaligned.c
> index abd961f3e763..58b7415e47ca 100644
> --- a/arch/arc/kernel/unaligned.c
> +++ b/arch/arc/kernel/unaligned.c
> @@ -205,8 +205,8 @@ int misaligned_fixup(unsigned long address, struct pt_regs *regs,
>  	struct disasm_state state;
>  	char buf[TASK_COMM_LEN];
>  
> -	/* handle user mode only and only if enabled by sysadmin */
> -	if (!user_mode(regs) || !unaligned_enabled)
> +	/* handle only if enabled by sysadmin */
> +	if (!unaligned_enabled)

This in theory seems OK but AFAIKR we discussed this internally for STAR
9000974739- [openwrt/AXS101] unaligned access on connection of the first wireless
client

One of the crash logs had Interrupt Active while failing to emulate unaligned
access - despite this patch.

> [ECR   ]: 0x00230400 => Misaligned r/w from 0x9e67a22b
> [   51.630000] [EFA   ]: 0x9e67a22b
> [   51.630000] [BLINK ]: br_multicast_add_group+0x246/0x284
> [   51.630000] [ERET  ]: br_multicast_add_group+0xae/0x284
> [   51.650000] [STAT32]: 0x0000020e : K       A1 E2 E1
                                               ^^^^

It seemed to me at the time that allowing this from kernel mode might require more
things - like not allowing preemption or disabling further interrupts ? I looked
in CRM but can't find more details - do u remember !

Can we try and reproduce that new-issue-after-patch or perhaps just add this patch
as it is and deal with any fallouts later ?

-Vineet

>  		return 1;
>  
>  	if (no_unaligned_warning) {
> 

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