[PATCH] ARM: kexec: Fix panic after TLB are invalidated

Russell King - ARM Linux admin linux at armlinux.org.uk
Mon Feb 1 06:34:36 EST 2021

I wish others who know this code would get involved, and such stuff
wasn't left to me to research and work out whether a patch is correct
or not.

On Mon, Feb 01, 2021 at 12:44:56AM +0000, Giancarlo Ferrari wrote:
> machine_kexec() need to set rw permission in text and rodata sections
> to assign some variables (e.g. kexec_start_address). To do that at
> the end (after flushing pdm in memory, etc.) it needs to invalidate
> TLB [section] entries.
> If during the TLB invalidation an interrupt occours, which might cause
> a context switch, there is the risk to inject invalid TLBs, with ro
> permissions.
> When trying to assign .text labels, this lead to the following:
>  Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address 80112f38
>  pgd = fd7ef03e
>  [80112f38] *pgd=0001141e(bad)
>  Internal error: Oops: 80d [#1] PREEMPT SMP ARM
>  ...
> Signed-off-by: Giancarlo Ferrari <giancarlo.ferrari89 at gmail.com>

I don't know this code very well, but I don't think this patch is
correct. What happens if we have CRASH_DUMP enabled, and we enter this
function with IRQs already disabled? Should we really be re-enabling

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