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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] Fix boot crash on xsm/flask enabled builds when no policy module is present

>>> On 26.08.13 at 14:24, Tomasz Wroblewski <tomasz.wroblewski@xxxxxxxxxx> 
>>> wrote:
> On 08/26/2013 01:12 PM, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>>> On 26.08.13 at 12:03, Tomasz Wroblewski<tomasz.wroblewski@xxxxxxxxxx>  
>>>>> wrote:
>>> Xen crashes on boot of xsm/flask enabled builds, if policy module is not
>>> specified.
>>> This seems to have worked on 4.1 at least.
>> Looking at the code (4.1.5) I can't see what would prevent the
>> same NULL pointer deref. Care to explain?
> The crash doesn't happen at the NULL pointer dereference site though, 

Then does it deref the NULL pointer, or does it not? If it does and
merely doesn't crash because something happens to be mapped
there, that's still a bug.

> but a bit later, when xen tries to flush tlbs for first time I believe, 
> which happens during page allocation for the initial domain structure. I 
> traced it to the following ASSERT in smp.c (so yes I should add this 
> particular crash likely is limited to debug builds then)
> void flush_area_mask(const cpumask_t *mask, const void *va, unsigned int 
> flags)
> {
>      ASSERT(local_irq_is_enabled());
>      ...
> The actual crash message is unhelpful since it's basically only
> ...
> (XEN) Using scheduler: SMP Credit Scheduler (credit)
> (XEN) Unknown interrupt (cr2=0000000000000000)
> Either removing the assert (which is obviously bad), or checking for the 

The assertion is in no way bad. It's the too early use of the
function that is the problem here.

> null pointer deref as in the submitted patch seems to be fixing it. I'm 
> suspecting it was always broken somehow but just was hidden or had 
> different side effects on 4.1 than it does now. I do lack for a good 
> explanation why fiddling with null addresses breaks up this assert, though.

Also, you didn't show the call trace that made things get here (yes,
you may need to construct this manually). I'm in no way convinced
that there's a NULL pointer involved here at all - the fact that CR2
is zero doesn't mean a page fault occurred in the first place.


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