If a user process tries to execute a privileged

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Unformatted text preview: O devices. If a user process tries to execute a privileged instruction, a trap should be generated and process should be terminated prematurely. At the same time, a piece of operating system code should be allowed to execute privileged instructions. In order for the CPU to be able to differentiate between a user process and an operating system code, we need two separate modes of operation: user mode and monitor mode (also called supervisor mode, system mode, or privileged mode). A bit, called the mode bit, is added to the hardware of the computer to indicate the current mode: monitor mode (0) or user mode (1). With the mode bit we are able to distinguish between a task that is executed on behalf of the operating system and one that is executed on behalf of the user. The concept of privileged instructions also provides us with the means for the user to interact with the operating system by asking it to perform some designated tasks that only the operating system should do. A user process can request the operating system to perform such tasks for it by executing a system call. Whenever a system call is made or an interrupt, trap, or signal is generated, CPU mode is switched to system mode before the relevant kernel code executes. The CPU mode is switched back to user mode before the control is transferred back to the use...
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