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SubjectRe: sparc/ppc/arm compat siginfo ABI regressions: sending SIGFPE via kill() returns wrong values in si_pid and si_uid
Russell King - ARM Linux <> writes:

> On Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 12:53:49PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> On Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 11:45 AM, Dave Martin <> wrote:
>> >
>> > Most uses I've seen do nothing more than use the FPE_xyz value to
>> > format diagnostic messages while dying. I struggled to find code that
>> > made a meaningful functional decision based on the value, though that's
>> > not proof...
>> Yeah. I've seen code that cares about SIGFPE deeply, but it's almost
>> invariably about some emulated environment (eg Java VM, or CPU
>> emulation).
>> And the siginfo data is basically never good enough for those
>> environments anyway on its own, so they will go and look at the actual
>> instruction that caused the fault and the register state instead,
>> because they need *all* the information.
>> The cases that use si_code are the ones that just trapped signals in
>> order to give a more helpful abort message.
>> So I could certainly imagine that si_code is actually used by somebody
>> who then decides to actuall act differently on it, but aside from
>> perhaps printing out a different message, it sounds far-fetched.
> Okay, in that case let's just use FPE_FLTINV. That makes the patch
> easily back-portable for stable kernels.

If we want to I don't think backporting 266da65e9156 ("signal: Add
FPE_FLTUNK si_code for undiagnosable fp exceptions") would be at
all difficult.

What it is changing has been stable for quite a while. The surroundings
might change and so it might require some trivial manual fixup but I
don't expect any problems.

Not that I want to derail the consensus but if we want to backport
similar fixes for arm64 or the other architectures that wind up using
FPE_FLTUNK for their fix we would need to backport 266da65e9156 anyway.


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