what's the purpose for the few bytes at the end of kernel stack

He, Dander Dander.He at sonymobile.com
Tue Nov 6 20:24:49 EST 2012


Recently I’m studying linux kernel. I have a question about the space after struct pt_regs in kernel stack.
Why reserved 8 bytes at the end of kernel stack for ARM and 32 bytes for MIPS?

Do you know what’s the purpose for it?  Who and where use it?

I checked the real kernel stack for some processes. Some of them are all zero. Some of them are not.
Here are some sample data on ARM for those 8 bytes in different kernel stack:
0x55555575      0x55155545
0x5d555574      0xf17d5552
0x55155555      0x15155151
0x51555d55      0x55515545
0x5d555574      0x7579d552
0x55795534      0xf1055515
0xa83fc821      0xa83fcc21
0x55795534      0xf1055d15
0x557555dd      0x55659155
0x51555d55      0x55515545
0x5355545d      0x54c45135
0x57555455      0x6f45f545


1.       In arm, it’s reserved 8 bytes
#define THREAD_START_SP             (THREAD_SIZE - 8)

2.       In mips, it’s reserved 32 bytes.


* Offset to the current process status flags, the first 32 bytes of the
* stack are not used.

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