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

From: Eric W. Biederman
Date: Mon Aug 21 2006 - 17:00:50 EST

Magnus Damm <magnus@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> x86_64: Reload CS when startup_64 is used.
> The current x86_64 startup code never reloads CS during the early boot process
> if the 64-bit function startup_64 is used as entry point. The 32-bit entry
> point startup_32 does the right thing and reloads CS, and this is what most
> people are using if they use bzImage.
> This patch fixes the case when the Linux kernel is booted into using kexec
> under Xen. The Xen hypervisor is using large CS values which makes the x86_64
> kernel fail - but only if vmlinux is booted, bzImage works well because it
> is using the 32-bit entry point.
> The main question is if we require that the boot loader should setup CS
> to some certain offset to be able to boot the kernel. The sane solution IMO
> should be that the kernel requires that the loaded descriptors are correct,
> but that the exact offset within the GDT the boot loader is using should not
> matter. This is the way the i386 boot works if I understand things correctly.

What extra reload of cs does Xen introduce?

I'm not really comfortable with a half virtualized case.

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