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From: Sasha Levin <>
Subject: Re: FAILED: patch "[PATCH] powerpc/64s: Disable STRICT_KERNEL_RWX" failed to apply to 5.4-stable tree
Date: Sat, 23 May 2020 10:26:14 -0400
Message-ID: <20200523142614.GT33628@sasha-vm> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 02:13:35PM +0200, wrote:
>The patch below does not apply to the 5.4-stable tree.
>If someone wants it applied there, or to any other stable or longterm
>tree, then please email the backport, including the original git commit
>id to <>.
>greg k-h
>------------------ original commit in Linus's tree ------------------
>From 8659a0e0efdd975c73355dbc033f79ba3b31e82c Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
>From: Michael Ellerman <>
>Date: Wed, 20 May 2020 23:36:05 +1000
>Subject: [PATCH] powerpc/64s: Disable STRICT_KERNEL_RWX
>Several strange crashes have been eventually traced back to
>STRICT_KERNEL_RWX and its interaction with code patching.
>Various paths in our ftrace, kprobes and other patching code need to
>be hardened against patching failures, otherwise we can end up running
>with partially/incorrectly patched ftrace paths, kprobes or jump
>labels, which can then cause strange crashes.
>Although fixes for those are in development, they're not -rc material.
>There also seem to be problems with the underlying strict RWX logic,
>which needs further debugging.
>So for now disable STRICT_KERNEL_RWX on 64-bit to prevent people from
>enabling the option and tripping over the bugs.
>Fixes: 1e0fc9d1eb2b ("powerpc/Kconfig: Enable STRICT_KERNEL_RWX for some configs")
>Cc: # v4.13+
>Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <>

I also took c55d7b5e6426 ("powerpc: Remove STRICT_KERNEL_RWX
incompatibility with RELOCATABLE") as a dependency for 5.4 and 4.19, and
4ec591e51a4b ("powerpc: restore alphabetic order in Kconfig") for 4.14.


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2020-05-23 12:13 gregkh
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