Is Linux Kernel Oops Useful or Not?

Linux kernel oops is invoked when the kernel detects an erroneous state inside itself. It kills an offending process and allows Linux to continue its operation under a compromised reliability. The authors investigate how reliable Linux is after a kernel oops in this paper. To investigate the reliability after a kernel oops, they analyze the scope of error propagation through an experimental campaign of fault injection in Linux 2.6.38. The error propagation scope is process-local if an error is confined in the process context that activated it, while the scope is kernel-global if an error propagates to other processes' contexts or global data structures. If the scope is process-local, Linux can be reliable even after a kernel oops.

Provided by: Keio University Topic: Software Date Added: Sep 2012 Format: PDF

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