kernel panic caused by virtualbox(?)

Don Lewis truckman at
Mon Aug 8 20:46:12 UTC 2016

On  8 Aug, Konstantin Belousov wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 08, 2016 at 10:22:44AM -0700, John Baldwin wrote:
>> On Thursday, August 04, 2016 05:10:29 PM Don Lewis wrote:
>> > Reposted to -current to get some more eyes on this ...
>> > 
>> > I just got a kernel panic when I started up a CentOS 7 VM in virtualbox.
>> > The host is:
>> > 	FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT #17 r302500 GENERIC amd64
>> > The virtualbox version is:
>> > 	virtualbox-ose-5.0.26
>> > 	virtualbox-ose-kmod-5.0.26_1
>> > 
>> > The panic message is:
>> > 
>> > panic: Unregistered use of FPU in kernel
>> > cpuid = 1
>> > KDB: stack backtrace:
>> > db_trace_self_wrapper() at db_trace_self_wrapper+0x2b/frame 0xfffffe085a55d030
>> > vpanic() at vpanic+0x182/frame 0xfffffe085a55d0b0
>> > kassert_panic() at kassert_panic+0x126/frame 0xfffffe085a55d120
>> > trap() at trap+0x7ae/frame 0xfffffe085a55d330
>> > calltrap() at calltrap+0x8/frame 0xfffffe085a55d330
>> > --- trap 0x16, rip = 0xffffffff827dd3a9, rsp = 0xfffffe085a55d408, rbp = 0xfffffe085a55d430 ---
>> > g_pLogger() at 0xffffffff827dd3a9/frame 0xfffffe085a55d430
>> > g_pLogger() at 0xffffffff8274e5c7/frame 0x3
>> > KDB: enter: panic
>> > 
>> > Since g_pLogger is a symbol in vboxdrv.ko, it looks like virtualbox is
>> > the trigger.
>> > 
>> > There are no symbols for the virtualbox kmods, possibly because I
>> > installed them as an upgrade using packages (built with the same source
>> > tree version) instead of by using PORTS_MODULES in make.conf, so ports
>> > kgdb didn't have anything useful to say about what happened before the
>> > trap.
>> > 
>> > This panic is very repeatable.  I just got another one when starting the
>> > same VM., but this time the two calls before the trap were
>> > null_bug_bypass().  Hmn, that symbol is in nullfs ...
>> > 
>> > I don't see this with a Windows 7 VM.
>> > 
>> > All of the virtualbox kmod files are compiled with -mno-mmx -mno-sse
>> > -msoft-float -mno-aes -mno-avx
> Your disassemble listed fxrstor instruction that failing, or did I
> mis-remembered ? This is most likely some context switch code, either
> by virtual machine or erronously executed guest code. It is not a
> spontaneous use of FPU, but more likely something different. Can you
> confirm ?

That is correct.  My first guess was that it was some guest code
incorrectly getting executed in the host context, but when I
disassembled segments of the code for the two frames leading up to the
trap, I noticed that there is a call from the first to the second, which
would only work if the code was located at these locations in the host
KVA space.  In the guest address space the code locations would likely
be totally different and the call would not work.

My next best guess is that this is some sort of trampoline code that
virtualbox stashed in some allocated memory.

As I mentioned previously, I don't have this problem if I restrict the
guest to one processor.

Another observation is that Linux guests now default to KVM
paravirtualization, whereas the other guests use other methods.  One
experiment that I will try is setting this to "none", but my
12.0-CURRENT box will be busy running poudriere for about the next 12

I also hope to try this on FreeBSD 10.3-STABLE in the next couple of

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