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Unformatted text preview: tions. A 32-bit parameters (particularly a pointer parameter) greater than FFFFH cannot be squeezed into a 16-bit parameter location on a stack. The size of the stack pointer (SP or ESP) changes when switching between 16-bit and 32-bit code segments. These limitations are discussed in greater detail in the following sections. 17.4.1. Code-Segment Pointer Size For control-transfer instructions that use a pointer to identify the next instruction (that is, those that do not use gates), the operand-size attribute determines the size of the offset portion of the pointer. The implications of this rule are as follows: • • A JMP, CALL, or RET instruction from a 32-bit segment to a 16-bit segment is always possible using a 32-bit operand size, providing the 32-bit pointer does not exceed FFFFH. A JMP, CALL, or RET instruction from a 16-bit segment to a 32-bit segment cannot address a destination greater than FFFFH, unless the instruction is given an operand-size prefix. Refer to Section 17.4.5., “Writing Interface Procedures” for an interface procedure that can transfer program control from 16-bit segments to destinations in 32-bit segments beyond FFFFH. 17.4.2. Stack Management for Control Transfer Because the stack is managed differently for 16-bit procedure calls than for 32-bit calls, the operand-size attribute of the RET instruction must match that of the CALL instruction (refer to Figure 17-1). On a 16-bit call, the processor pushes the contents of the 16-bit IP register and (for calls between privilege levels) the 16-bit SP register. The matching RET instruction must also use a 16-bit operand size to pop these 16-bit values from the stack into the 16-bit registers. A 32-bit CALL instruction pushes the contents of the 32-bit EIP register and (for inter-privilegelevel calls) the 32-bit ESP register. Here, the matching RET instruction must use a 32-bit operand size to pop these 32-bit values from the stack into the 32-bit registers. If the two parts of a CALL/RET instruction pair do not have matching operand sizes, the stack will not be managed correctly and the values of the instruction pointer and stack pointer will not be restored to correct values. 17-5 MIXING 16-BIT AND 32-BIT CODE Without Privilege Transition After 16-bit Call 31 0 After 32-bit Call 31 0 Stack Growth PARM 2 PARM 1 CS IP SP PARM 2 PARM 1 CS EIP ESP With Privilege Transition After 16-bit Call 31 0 After 32-bit Call 31 0 SS Stack Growth SP ESP SP SS PARM 2 PARM 1 CS IP PARM 2 PARM 1 CS EIP ESP Undefined Figure 17-1. Stack after Far 16- and 32-Bit Calls While executing 32-bit code, if a call is made to a 16-bit code segment which is at the same or a more privileged level (that is, the DPL of the called code segment is less than or equal to the CPL of the calling code segment) through a 16-bit call gate, then the upper 16-bits of the ESP register may be unreliable upon returning to the 32-bit code segment (that is, after executing a RET in the 16-bit code segment). When the CALL instruction and its matching RET instruction are in code segments that have D flags with the same values (that is, both are 32-bit code segments or both are 16-bit code segments), the default settings may be used. When the CALL instruction and its matching RET instruction are in segments which have different D-flag settings, an operand-size prefix must be used. 17-6 MIXING 16-BIT AND 32-BIT CODE 17.4.2.1. CONTROLLING THE OPERAND-SIZE ATTRIBUTE FOR A CALL Three things can determine the operand-size of a call: • • • The D flag in the segment descriptor for the calling code segment. An operand-size instruction prefix. The type of call gate (16-bit or 32-bit), if a call is made through a call gate. When a call is made with a pointer (rather than a call gate), the D flag for the calling code segment determines the operand-size for the CALL instruction. This operand-size attribute can be overridden by prepending an operand-size prefix to the CALL instruction. So, for example, if the D flag for a code segment is set for 16 bits and the operand-size prefix is used with a CALL instruction, the processor will cause the information stored on the stack to be stored in 32-bit format. If the call is to a 32-bit code segment, the instructions in that code segment will be able to read the stack coherently. Also, a RET instruction from the 32-bit code segment without an operand-size prefix will maintain stack coherency with the 16-bit code segment being returned to. When a CALL instruction references a call-gate descriptor, the type of call is determined by the type of call gate (16-bit or 32-bit). The offset to the destination in the code segment being called is taken from the gate descriptor; therefore, if a 32-bit call gate is used, a procedure in a 16-bit code segment can call a procedure located more than 64 Kbytes from the base of a 32-bit code segment, because a 32-bit call gate uses a 32-bit offset. Note that regardless of the operand size of the call and how it is determined, the size of the stack pointer used (SP or ESP) is always controlled by the B flag in...
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