[2/2] powerpc: Disable the fast-endian switch syscall by default

Message ID 1507546445-28089-2-git-send-email-mpe@ellerman.id.au
State Accepted
Commit 727f13616c45caa72e4325c5027c1a8f41e745a9
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  • [1/2] powerpc/64s: Move the two FAST_ENDIAN macros next to each other
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Michael Ellerman Oct. 9, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Back in 2008 we added support for "fast little-endian switch" in the
syscall path. This added a special case syscall number 0x1ebe, which
is caught very early in the system call exception and switches endian
with as little overhead as possible. See commit 745a14cc264b
("[POWERPC] Add fast little-endian switch system call") for full

Although it is fast, it's also completely non standard. The "syscall
number" is out of the range of normal syscalls, it can't be traced or
audited, and it's a bit of a wart. To the best of our knowledge it was
only used by one program, now long since discontinued.

So in an effort to shake out any current users, put it behind a config
option, and make it default n. If anyone *is* using it they can
quickly reinstate it with a rebuild, and we can flip it to default y.

Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <mpe@ellerman.id.au>
 arch/powerpc/Kconfig.debug           | 6 ++++++
 arch/powerpc/kernel/exceptions-64s.S | 5 +++++
 2 files changed, 11 insertions(+)


diff --git a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig.debug b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig.debug
index c86df246339e..b8a1eb42a38d 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig.debug
+++ b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig.debug
@@ -369,4 +369,10 @@  config PPC_HTDUMP
 	def_bool y
 	depends on PPC_PTDUMP && PPC_BOOK3S
+	bool "Deprecated fast endian-switch syscall"
+        depends on DEBUG_KERNEL && PPC_BOOK3S_64
+        help
+	  If you're unsure what this is, say N.
diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/exceptions-64s.S b/arch/powerpc/kernel/exceptions-64s.S
index 5bdad80dd9c2..6a945a120827 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/exceptions-64s.S
+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/exceptions-64s.S
@@ -879,6 +879,7 @@  EXC_COMMON(trap_0b_common, 0xb00, unknown_exception)
 	rfid ; 							\
 	b	. ;	/* prevent speculative execution */
 	cmpdi	r0,0x1ebe ; 					\
@@ -893,6 +894,10 @@  END_FTR_SECTION_IFSET(CPU_FTR_REAL_LE)				\
 	mr	r13,r9 ;					\
 	rfid ;		/* return to userspace */		\
 	b	. ;	/* prevent speculative execution */