Re: [PATCH] flush_cache_page while pte valid

From: David S. Miller (
Date: Mon Nov 11 2002 - 18:19:29 EST

   From: Hugh Dickins <>
   Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 18:25:25 +0000 (GMT)

   On some architectures (cachetlb.txt gives HyperSparc as an example)
   it is essential to flush_cache_page while pte is still valid: the
   rmap VM diverged from the base 2.4 VM before that fix was made,
   so this error has crept back into 2.5.
   (I wonder, what happens if userspace now modifies the page
   after the flush_cache_page, before the pte is invalidated?)

Thanks for catching this.

On architectures that are affected (such as the mentioned HyperSPARC
chips), the cpu will take a trap and OOPS the kernel if the PTE is
invalidated before the cache flush is made.
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