[PATCH v4 02/14] arm64: kprobes: Drop open-coded exception fixup

Oliver Swede oli.swede at arm.com
Tue Jun 30 15:48:10 EDT 2020

From: Robin Murphy <robin.murphy at arm.com>

The short-circuit call to fixup_exception() from kprobe_fault_handler()
poses a problem now that the former wants to consume the fault address
too, since the common kprobes API offers us no way to pass it through.
Fortunately, however, it works out to be unnecessary:

- uaccess instructions themselves are not probeable, so at most we
  should only ever expect to take a fixable fault from the pre or post
- the pre and post handler run with preemption disabled, thus for any
  fault they may cause, an unhandled return from kprobe_page_fault()
  will proceed directly to __do_kernel_fault() thanks to the
  faulthandler_disabled() check.
- __do_kernel_fault() will immediately call fixup_exception() unless
  we're in an EL1 instruction abort, and if we've somehow taken one of
  those on what we think is the middle of a uaccess routine, then the
  world is already very on fire.

Thus we can reasonably drop the call from kprobe_fault_handler() and
leave uaccess fixups to the regular flow.

Signed-off-by: Robin Murphy <robin.murphy at arm.com>
Signed-off-by: Oliver Swede <oli.swede at arm.com>
 arch/arm64/kernel/probes/kprobes.c | 7 -------
 1 file changed, 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/kernel/probes/kprobes.c b/arch/arm64/kernel/probes/kprobes.c
index d1c95dcf1d78..771635360110 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/kernel/probes/kprobes.c
+++ b/arch/arm64/kernel/probes/kprobes.c
@@ -334,13 +334,6 @@ int __kprobes kprobe_fault_handler(struct pt_regs *regs, unsigned int fsr)
 		if (cur->fault_handler && cur->fault_handler(cur, regs, fsr))
 			return 1;
-		/*
-		 * In case the user-specified fault handler returned
-		 * zero, try to fix up.
-		 */
-		if (fixup_exception(regs))
-			return 1;
 	return 0;

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