[PATCH v3 04/20] mips: start.S: avoid overwriting outside gd when clearing global data in stack

Daniel Schwierzeck daniel.schwierzeck at gmail.com
Mon Feb 10 16:34:49 CET 2020

Am 21.01.20 um 09:18 schrieb Weijie Gao:
> When setting up initial stack, global data will also be put in the stack,
> and being cleared.
> The assembler instructions for clearing gd is as follows:
> 	move	t0, k0
> 1:
> 	PTR_S	zero, 0(t0)
> 	blt	t0, t1, 1b
> t0 is the start address of gd, t1 is the end address of gd (t0 + GD_SIZE).
> [PTR_ADDIU t0, PTRSIZE] is in the delay slot of [blt t0, t1, 1b], so it
> will be executed before the branch operation.
> However the comparison for the BLT instruction is done before executing the
> delay slot. This means when the last word just before k1 is cleared, the
> loop will continue to run once. This will clear an extra word at k1, which
> is outside the global data.
> Global data is placed at the top of the stack. If the initial stack is a
> SRAM or locked cache, the area outside them may be inaccessible. A write
> operation performed in this area may cause an exception.
> To solve this, [PTR_ADDIU t0, PTRSIZE] should be placed before the BLT
> instruction.
> Reviewed-by: Daniel Schwierzeck <daniel.schwierzeck at gmail.com>
> Reviewed-by: Stefan Roese <sr at denx.de>
> Signed-off-by: Weijie Gao <weijie.gao at mediatek.com>
> ---
> Changes since v2: none
> ---
>  arch/mips/cpu/start.S | 3 ++-
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

applied to u-boot-mips, thanks.

- Daniel

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