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SubjectRe: Lockless/Get_User_Pages_Fast causes Xorg 1.4.99.* to lock
On Mon, 7 Jul 2008, Nick Piggin wrote:
> I think we need a similar fix for s390 too. If so, then it really should
> get into 2.6.26, but this late in the release, I hope an s390 maintainer
> might be able to test and verify the fix?

Wow, yes, I hadn't realized s390 is ahead of the game there: glad you're
back to spot that. But yes, we'd prefer maintainer to confirm and push.

[PATCH]] s390: protect _PAGE_SPECIAL bit against mprotect

Stop mprotect's pte_modify from wiping out the s390 pte_special bit, which
caused oops thereafter when vm_normal_page thought X's abnormal was normal.

Signed-off-by: Nick Piggin <>
Acked-by: Hugh Dickins <>
Index: linux-2.6/include/asm-s390/pgtable.h
--- linux-2.6.orig/include/asm-s390/pgtable.h
+++ linux-2.6/include/asm-s390/pgtable.h
@@ -223,6 +223,9 @@ extern char empty_zero_page[PAGE_SIZE];
#define _PAGE_SPECIAL 0x004 /* SW associated with special page */

+/* Set of bits not changed in pte_modify */
/* Six different types of pages. */
#define _PAGE_TYPE_EMPTY 0x400
#define _PAGE_TYPE_NONE 0x401
@@ -681,7 +684,7 @@ static inline void pte_clear(struct mm_s
static inline pte_t pte_modify(pte_t pte, pgprot_t newprot)
- pte_val(pte) &= PAGE_MASK;
+ pte_val(pte) &= _PAGE_CHG_MASK;
pte_val(pte) |= pgprot_val(newprot);
return pte;

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