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SubjectPTRACE_SYSCALL && vsyscall (Was: arch_check_bp_in_kernelspace: fix the range check)
Amnon, sorry for delay...

On 11/26, Amnon Shiloh wrote:
> > Why do you need to _prevent_, say, sys_gettimeofday()? Why we can't
> > change emulate_vsyscall() to respect PTRACE_SYSCALL and report
> > TRAP_VSYSCALL or PTRACE_EVENT_VSYSCALL as I tried to suggest in
> > ?
> >
> > Oleg.
> >
> For my own application, I would be happy with this.

OK, good.

> But I suspect it might break current versions of "strace",
> ...
> I think it COULD work, but not based on PTRACE_SYSCALL
> (or PTRACE_SYSEMU) alone. A new ptrace option will be needed, saying:
> "Yes, I am aware of TRAP_VSYSCALL and I know how to handle it."

Yes, that is why I said this needs the new option.

However. Of course it would be nice to avoid the new option. IMO it
would be better to do nothing ;) vsyscall is deprecated, and EMULATE
is x86-specific.

May be we could simply do something like the patch below? (Just in
case, this hack is only for illustration, it is not complete).

If the tracer does PTRACE_SYSCALL the tracee reports syscall exit
_after_ gettimeofday/etc. The tracer can look at regs->orig_ax == -1
and detect that this is not syscall but vsyscall, it can look at
regs->ip then (not with the patch below).

Denys, Jan, Pedro. Do you think this change can break/confuse
gdb/strace ?

> While for my own application, just fixing the range-check in
> arch_check_bp_in_kernelspace will do,

You forgot again that EMULATE does not execute the code in the
vsyscall page.


--- a/arch/x86/kernel/vsyscall_64.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/vsyscall_64.c
@@ -186,6 +186,8 @@ static bool write_ok_or_segv(unsigned long ptr, size_t size)

+#include <linux/tracehook.h>
bool emulate_vsyscall(struct pt_regs *regs, unsigned long address)
struct task_struct *tsk;
@@ -312,6 +314,8 @@ do_ret:
regs->ip = caller;
regs->sp += 8;
+ if (test_thread_flag(TIF_SYSCALL_TRACE))
+ ptrace_report_syscall(regs);
return true;


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