[vbox-dev] Kernel v4.12 API changes

Frank Mehnert frank.mehnert at oracle.com
Fri May 19 09:57:35 UTC 2017

On Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2017 20:49:42 CEST Frank Mehnert wrote:
> Hi Larry,
> On Montag, 15. Mai 2017 16:35:30 CEST Larry Finger wrote:
> > Has anyone found the magic elixir to allow VB to run with kernel 4.12-rc1?
> > 
> > Adding #include <asm/set_memory.h> to vboxdrv/r0drv/linux/alloc-r0drv-linux.c is 
> > trivial; however, I'm having trouble with changes in the page table walk code in 
> > vboxdrv/r0drv/linux/memobj-r0drv-linux.c. I followed the changes in the kernel 
> > and I have code that compiles cleanly, but as soon as I try to start a VM, the 
> > system locks up and panics a few seconds later. At this point, I have no 
> > diagnostics concerning where the fault happened.
> we are working on a fix. The obvious fixes can be found in r66927, r66928
> and r66930. These changes make the modules compile against Linux 4.12-rc1
> but as you noticed, the kernel panics when starting a VM. We are debugging
> this issue.

quick fix for the remaining issue (freeze on VM start) is the following:

--- src/VBox/HostDrivers/Support/linux/SUPDrv-linux.c   (revision 115504)
+++ src/VBox/HostDrivers/Support/linux/SUPDrv-linux.c   (working copy)
@@ -1397,7 +1397,7 @@
 SUPR0DECL(uint32_t) SUPR0GetKernelFeatures(void)
     uint32_t fFlags = 0;

The reason is that the GDT is mapped read-only as of Linux 4.12. We have
not yet decided if this will be the final fix for the moment or if an
alternative fix (which requires changes to the VMM part as well) is the
better choice.

Kind regards,

Dr.-Ing. Frank Mehnert | Software Development Director, VirtualBox
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