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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] get_nr_restart_syscall() should return __NR_ia32_restart_syscall if __USER32_CS
On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 9:27 AM, Oleg Nesterov <> wrote:
> On 03/28, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Oleg Nesterov <> wrote:
>> > get_nr_restart_syscall() checks TS_I386_REGS_POKED but this bit is only
>> > set if debugger is 32-bit. If a 64-bit debugger restores the registers
>> > of a 32-bit debugee outside of syscall exit path get_nr_restart_syscall()
>> > wrongly returns __NR_restart_syscall.
>> I had sent a patch that introduced a new syscall nr, but it's not
>> quite safe because it could break seccomp-using programs.
> Ah, indeed...

This is, in theory, solvable. It would be ugly and would pollute seccomp a bit.

>> But your
>> patch here is also screwy.
> Yes, yes, it doesn't try to solve all possible problems, I even mentioned
> this in the changelog.
>> How about we store the syscall arch to be restored in task_struct
>> along with restart_block?
> Yes, perhaps we will have to finally do this. Not really nice too.
>> the way there without heuristics as nasty as yours.
> I agree it will be better, but I refuse to treat them as mine checks ;)


>> P.S. __USER32_CS is the wrong check even if we used your approach.
>> user_64bit_regs() is much better.
> Yes, thanks. If only I understood what cs == pv_info.extra_user_64bit_cs
> actually means...

It means that, if Linux is a Xen PV guest, the GDT contains a bunch of
entries supplied by Xen and outside of Linux's control, and one of
those entries is a 64-bit DPL=3 code segment. On the one hand, it's
annoying. On the other hand, it serves a real purpose


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