HANA blocking and crash when signal interrupted clock_gettime

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15 SP4
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4


There have been instances where HANA has shown symptoms like blocking, hanging, and crashes. After analyzing the gstack output, it became evident that there is a fault occurring within the __kernel_clock_gettime function when a signal interrupts the clock_gettime:
#8  <signal handler called>
#9  0x00007fffa3ef04c4 in __kernel_clock_gettime () at ../arch/powerpc/kernel/vdso64/gettimeofday.S:36
#10 0x00007fff6df7c41c in clock_gettime@@GLIBC_2.17 () from /lib64/libc.so.6


This problem has been resolved in kernel version 5.14.21-150400.24.11.1 and onwards for the IBM POWER architecture:
SUSE versionArchitectureAffected KernelsResolved
SLES15 SP4IBM POWER5.14.21-150400. and onwards


This bug affects only the initial (GA) SLES15 SP4 kernel version 5.14.21-150400.22.1 on the IBM POWER architecture. It was introduced due to changes in vdso files, which disrupted the call frame info. Specifically, in the .eh_frame for __kernel_clock_gettime, lr is indicated to be in r0. However, it calls __c_kernel_clock_gettime, which causes r0 to be altered. There's a brief period after c_k_c_g returns but before r0 is restored from the stack, during which a signal could lead to a problem. To address this, the cfi should correctly reflect lr's location on the stack rather than in r0. Additionally, cfi should cover the changes for r1 as well.


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  • Document ID:000021186
  • Creation Date: 28-Aug-2023
  • Modified Date:29-Aug-2023
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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