The frame at the end of each idle task stack has a zeroed return
address.  This is inconsistent with real task stacks, which have a real
return address at that spot.  This inconsistency can be confusing for
stack unwinders.  It also hides useful information about what asm code
was involved in calling into C.

Make it a real address by using the side effect of a call instruction to
push the instruction pointer on the stack.

Reviewed-by: Andy Lutomirski <>
Signed-off-by: Josh Poimboeuf <>
 arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S | 5 +++--
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S b/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
index 3621ad2..c90f481 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
@@ -298,8 +298,9 @@ ENTRY(start_cpu)
         *      REX.W + FF /5 JMP m16:64 Jump far, absolute indirect,
         *              address given in m16:64.
-       movq    initial_code(%rip),%rax
-       pushq   $0              # fake return address to stop unwinder
+       call    1f              # put return address on stack for unwinder
+1:     xorq    %rbp, %rbp      # clear frame pointer
+       movq    initial_code(%rip), %rax
        pushq   $__KERNEL_CS    # set correct cs
        pushq   %rax            # target address in negative space

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