Re: MPIE and MPP update when returning from interrupt with MRET

Richard Trauben

privilege transitions from levels other than U  to a handler at levels other than M are certainly possible. 

*DELEG,*IE amd *EXCEPT will enable exception handler entry to non-M privilege moss handler and set the callera privilege level
in the *PP field to q non-U mode which calls the non-M mode handler.

Please provide the spec name, version, chapter, page, paragraph and sentence so an editor can consider details to clarify the reference. 

for me, the more problematic
issue was there was no psr
to identify the privilege of the
caller. technically however it is implicit and it’s assumed the code knows the privilege it was written for. it’s ok once you get used to the convention.


On Dec 15, 2020, at 7:18 AM, Anne MERLANDE via <> wrote:


The privileged architecture says that when returning from interrupt with MRET, MPIE is set to 1 (and MPP is set to U).
What is the rational behind ? Is it still in the context of supporting nested traps ? In case of an implementation with 2 privileged modes but no N extension is it still necessary ?

Thanks for your help

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