BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at ffffc7ff81000398 (sys_kexec_load)

Sasha Levin levinsasha928 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 28 10:11:30 EST 2012

On Sat, 2012-01-21 at 20:49 -0800, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Interesting.
> The fact that this happens in native_set_pte would suggest that we are
> trying to write to a page table that does not exist.  So this might
> be a layer below kexec_load that has the problem.
> Do you have the kernel you were testing?    A disassembly of the
> native_set_pte, machine_kexec_prepare and sys_kexec_load
> would be interesting, for attempting to trace this back to what went
> wrong.

I did some work into investigating it today, looks like it's simple to trigger it using the following code:

	#include <fcntl.h>
	int main(void)
		char dummy[4096] = {0};
		syscall(246, 0xffffffff81008000, 1, dummy, 2);
		return 0;

I'll continue trying to figure out whats wrong, but hopefully this lead will help in reproducing it easily.



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