[RFC 8/8] ARM64: Add uprobe support

Pratyush Anand panand at redhat.com
Sun Jan 4 20:17:38 PST 2015

On Monday 05 January 2015 12:10 AM, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 01/04, Pratyush Anand wrote:
>> On Friday 02 January 2015 10:53 PM, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
>>> But the main question is: why do we need add/find_ss_context ?? Please
>>> explain.
>> See arch/arm64/kernel/debug-monitors.c: call_step_hook
>> Unlike breakpoint exception, there is no ESR info check for step
>> exception. So, it is the responsibility of step handler
>> (uprobe_single_step_handler) to make sure that exception was generated
>> for it.
> Yes, yes, this is clear. My point was, we can (I think) rely on
> uprobe_post_sstep_notifier() which checks ->active_uprobe != NULL.
> And I guess you understood what I meant, but since I wasn't clear let
> me repeat to ensure we really understand each other.
> Can't
> 	uprobe_single_step_handler(regs, esr)
> 	{
> 		if (user_mode(regs) && uprobe_post_sstep_notifier(regs))
> 			return HANDLED;
> 		return ERROR;
> 	}
> work without this step_ctx logic?

Yes,yes, no need of step_ctx logic.

> If everything is correct, the probed task can execute a single (xol) insn
> in user-mode before the trap. If ->active_uprobe is set we know that we
> expect the ss trap in user-mode, and nothing else except this xol insn can
> generate it?

Yes, I do see any value addition in saving xol_vaddr in ss_ctx->match_addr.

> Perhaps arm64 needs additional checks, I dunno... If you think that the
> ->active_uprobe check is not enough you can probably also verify that
> "utask->state = UTASK_SSTEP" and/or "regs->pc - 4 == utask->xol_vaddr",
> but so far it seems to me that these additional checks can only make sense
> under WARN_ON().



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