[parisc-linux] Making the stack executable

David Huggins-Daines dhd@linuxcare.com
08 Aug 2000 14:30:20 -0400


It turns out that my mysterious lockups in the rt_sigreturn path were
due to the fact that our stack pages are not executable.

They are being mapped with PAGE_COPY protection in exec.c, like every
other architecture does, but unlike every other architecture, our
PAGE_COPY did not include execute permissions.

Sorry folks but we do need trampolines.

What is more disturbing is that without _PAGE_EXEC set in PAGE_COPY,
attempting to execute code on the stack just hangs the machine solid!
(without printing out any error messages or register dumps)

The following program should demonstrate this problem:

	.LEVEL 1.1
	.align 4
	.globl main
	stw	%rp,-20(%sp)
	copy	%sp,%r19
	ldo	64(%sp),%sp
	ldil	L%0xebe0c002,%r20	/* bv,n %r0(%r31) */
	ldo	R%0xebe0c002(%r20),%r20
	stw	%r20,0(%r19)
	fdc	%r0(%r19)
	fic	%r0(%r19)
	ble	0(%sr7,%r19)
	ldo	-64(%sp),%sp
	bv,n	%r0(%rp)

Is this some kind of issue with our ITLB miss handlers?

I'll check in the change to <asm/pgtable.h> shortly, but I'd like
someone to also look into the problem above (without the change).

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