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SubjectRe: [PATCH?] uprobes: change uprobe_write_opcode() to modify the page directly
On 12/04/2013 09:15 AM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
>> That is why I talk about the atomic instruction word... most (but not
>> *all*) architectures have a fundamental minimum unit of instructions
>> which is aligned and can be atomically written. Typically this is 1, 2,
>> or 4 bytes.
> Note that it's not just about the "atomically written", it's also
> about the guarantee that it's atomically *read*.
> x86 can certainly atomically write a 4-byte instruction too, it's just
> that there's no guarantee - even if the instruction is aligned etc -
> that the actual instruction decoding always ends up reading it that
> way. It might re-read an instruction after encountering a prefix byte
> etc etc. So even if it's all properly aligned, the reading side might
> do something odd.

True, at least in theory, but the atomic instruction quantum on x86 is a


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