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Date:   Wed, 5 Jun 2019 18:23:40 +0800
From:   Joseph Qi <>
To:     "" <>,, Nadav Amit <>,
        "Peter Zijlstra (Intel)" <>,
        Ingo Molnar <>,
        Greg KH <>
Cc:     Caspar Zhang <>,
        jiufei Xue <>
Subject: [bug report][stable] kernel tried to execute NX-protected page -
 exploit attempt? (uid: 0)


I have encountered a kernel BUG when running ltp ftrace-stress-test
on 4.19.48.

[  209.704855] LTP: starting ftrace-stress-test ( 90)
[  209.739412] Scheduler tracepoints stat_sleep, stat_iowait, stat_blocked and stat_runtime require the kernel parameter schedstats=enable or kernel.sched_schedstats=1
[  212.054506] kernel tried to execute NX-protected page - exploit attempt? (uid: 0)
[  212.055595] BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at ffffffffc0349000
[  212.056589] PGD d00c067 P4D d00c067 PUD d00e067 PMD 23673e067 PTE 800000023457f061
[  212.057759] Oops: 0011 [#1] SMP PTI
[  212.058303] CPU: 0 PID: 0 Comm: swapper/0 Kdump: loaded Not tainted 4.19.48 #112

After some investigation I have found that it is introduced by commit
8715ce033eb3 ("x86/modules: Avoid breaking W^X while loading modules"),
and then revert this commit the issue is gone.

I have also tested the same case on 5.2-rc3 as well as right at
upstream commit f2c65fb3221a ("x86/modules: Avoid breaking W^X while
loading modules"), which has been merged in 5.2-rc1, it doesn't

So I don't know why only stable has this issue while upstream doesn't.


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