Re: mmotm 2008-12-01-19-41: early exception (page fault -- derefof 0x20)

From: Matt Mackall
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 18:43:38 EST

On Wed, 2008-12-03 at 00:09 +0100, Jiri Slaby wrote:
> Hi,
> while writing out warning about empty mtrr (or any other in the early stage),
> I'm getting this:
> PANIC: early exception 0e rip 10:ffffffff8025be26 error 0 cr2 20
> Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted 2.6.28-rc6-mm1_64 #484
> Call Trace:
> [<ffffffff80770195>] early_idt_handler+0x55/0x69
> [<ffffffff8025be26>] ? getnstimeofday+0x46/0xc0
> [<ffffffff80258a81>] ktime_get_real+0x11/0x50
> [<ffffffff803aa8d1>] seed_std_data+0x11/0x30
> [<ffffffff8020ff60>] ? show_trace+0x10/0x20
> [<ffffffff803aa900>] seed_random_pools+0x10/0x30
> [<ffffffff8023dda9>] init_oops_id+0x9/0x40
> [<ffffffff8023dde9>] print_oops_end_marker+0x9/0x20
> [<ffffffff8023dfed>] warn_slowpath+0x9d/0xd0
> [<ffffffff802595e4>] ? up+0x34/0x50
> [<ffffffff8023e77d>] ? release_console_sem+0x1bd/0x210
> [<ffffffff80592c38>] ? printk+0x3c/0x44
> [<ffffffff80776e67>] mtrr_trim_uncached_memory+0x166/0x390
> [<ffffffff8077fca0>] ? early_gart_iommu_check+0xaf/0x2a7
> [<ffffffff80772574>] setup_arch+0x3ec/0x6a8
> [<ffffffff80770adf>] start_kernel+0x65/0x3c6
> [<ffffffff8077027d>] x86_64_start_reservations+0x7d/0x89
> [<ffffffff80770384>] x86_64_start_kernel+0xd8/0xdf
> RIP 0x10
> The clock is still null in kernel/time/timekeeping.c.
> This one is to blame:
> random-add-a-way-to-get-some-random-bits-into-the-entropy-pools-early-on.patch

Nice. I didn't like that patch anyway.

Seems to me we really need to simplify all our startup dependencies.
Some things should -always- work. Time is one of them, random number
generation may be another, memory allocation ought to be one as well.

So I think:

a) we need to come up with a solution/rule for early ktime faulting
b) the RNG should initialize itself on demand
c) seeding the RNG should include a (void *, len)

Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.

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