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Re: [Xen-devel] Does __KERNEL_DS serve a purpose?

On 08/04/2016 18:00, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> But %ss can be loaded with 0 on 64-bit kernels.  (I assume that
> loading 0 into %ss sets SS.DPL to 0 if done at CPL0, but I'm vague on
> this, since it only really matters to hypervisor code AFAIK.)

It's even simpler, unless CPL=0 SS cannot be loaded with 0 while in a
64-bit code segment (SS can never be loaded with 0 if you're not in a
64-bit code segment).

Thus indeed SS=0 implies SS.DPL=0 on 64-bit kernels.


> 32-bit kernels need __KERNEL_DS, I think.

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