[New-bugs-announce] [issue12872] --with-tsc crashes on ppc64

Dave Malcolm report at bugs.python.org
Wed Aug 31 23:51:24 CEST 2011

New submission from Dave Malcolm <dmalcolm at redhat.com>:

On 64-bit PPC builds configured --with-tsc, Python segfaults within the first function call in the bytecode interpreter.

Upon investigation this is due to this code in Python/ceval.c:
    32  typedef unsigned long long uint64;
    34  /* PowerPC support.
    35     "__ppc__" appears to be the preprocessor definition to detect on OS
X, whereas
    36     "__powerpc__" appears to be the correct one for Linux with GCC
    37  */
    38  #if defined(__ppc__) || defined (__powerpc__)
    40  #define READ_TIMESTAMP(var) ppc_getcounter(&var)
    42  static void
    43  ppc_getcounter(uint64 *v)
    44  {
    45      register unsigned long tbu, tb, tbu2;
    47    loop:
    48      asm volatile ("mftbu %0" : "=r" (tbu) );
    49      asm volatile ("mftb  %0" : "=r" (tb)  );
    50      asm volatile ("mftbu %0" : "=r" (tbu2));
    51      if (__builtin_expect(tbu != tbu2, 0)) goto loop;
    53      /* The slightly peculiar way of writing the next lines is
    54         compiled better by GCC than any other way I tried. */
    55      ((long*)(v))[0] = tbu;
    56      /*((long*)(v))[1] = tb; */ /* <==== this is the bug */
    57  }
    59  #elif defined(__i386__)

(gdb) p sizeof(long)
$44 = 8
(gdb) p sizeof(uint64)
$45 = 8

Looks like lines 55 and 56 are erroneously assuming that a long is 4 bytes on
this arch: line 56 above is trashing the next value beyond the timer value, which is on the machine's stack, corrupting local variables within PyEval_EvalFrameEx.

The code has been this way since ppc_getcounter was added, in:

I may have broken this in:
which was for:
by (perhaps) generalizing support from ppc to (ppc and ppc64) (not sure about

I'm attaching a patch which splits the ppc tsc support into 32-bit and 64-bit parts, and which also removes an aliasing violation on 32-bit ppc.

(I'm tracking this downstream in Fedora's bug tracker as https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=698726 )

components: Interpreter Core
files: python-2.7.2-tsc-on-ppc.patch
keywords: patch
messages: 143281
nosy: dmalcolm
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: patch review
status: open
title: --with-tsc crashes on ppc64
type: crash
versions: Python 2.7, Python 3.1, Python 3.2, Python 3.3, Python 3.4
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file23079/python-2.7.2-tsc-on-ppc.patch

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