Re: [Fastboot] [PATCH][RFC] x86_64: Reload CS when startup_64 is used.

From: Magnus Damm
Date: Mon Aug 21 2006 - 09:26:59 EST

On 8/21/06, Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> + /* Reload CS with a value that is within our GDT. We need to do this
> + * if we were loaded by a 64 bit bootloader that happened to use a
> + * CS that is larger than the GDT limit. This is true if we came here
> + * from kexec running under Xen.
> + */
> + movq %rsp, %rdx
> + movq $__KERNEL_DS, %rax
> + pushq %rax /* SS */
> + pushq %rdx /* RSP */
> + movq $__KERNEL_CS, %rax
> + movq $cs_reloaded, %rdx
> + pushq %rax /* CS */
> + pushq %rdx /* RIP */
> + lretq

Can't you just use a normal far jump? That might be simpler.

I couldn't find a far jump that took a 64-bit address to jump to. But
I guess that the kernel will be loaded in the lowest 4G regardless so
I guess 32-bit pointers are ok, right? That will make it simpler for

What do you think about reloading CS? Is it the right thing to do, or
is it correct as it is today where we depend on that CS == _KERNEL_CS?
I need to fix kexec-tools regardless, but maybe it is a good idea to
make the 64-bit kernel boot a bit robust too.


/ magnus
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