[PATCH 0/3 v2] arm64/ptrace: allow to get all registers on syscall traps

Andrei Vagin avagin at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 14:40:09 EST 2021

Right now, ip/r12 for AArch32 and x7 for AArch64 is used to indicate
whether or not the stop has been signalled from syscall entry or syscall
exit. This means that:

- Any writes by the tracer to this register during the stop are

- The actual value of the register is not available during the stop,
  so the tracer cannot save it and restore it later.

For applications like the user-mode Linux or gVisor, it is critical to
have access to the full set of registers in any moment. For example,
they need to change values of all registers to emulate rt_sigreturn or
execve and they need to have the full set of registers to build a signal

This series introduces the PTRACE_O_ARM64_RAW_REGS option. If it is set,
PTRACE_GETREGSET returns values of all registers, and PTRACE_SETREGSET
allows to change any of them.

Cc: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas at arm.com>
Cc: Dave Martin <Dave.Martin at arm.com>
Cc: Keno Fischer <keno at juliacomputing.com> 
Cc: Oleg Nesterov <oleg at redhat.com>
Cc: Will Deacon <will at kernel.org>

Andrei Vagin (3):
  arm64/ptrace: don't clobber task registers on syscall entry/exit traps
  arm64/ptrace: introduce PTRACE_O_ARM64_RAW_REGS
  selftest/arm64/ptrace: add tests for PTRACE_O_ARM64_RAW_REGS

v2: use the ptrace option instead of adding a new regset.

 arch/arm64/include/asm/ptrace.h               |   5 +
 arch/arm64/kernel/ptrace.c                    | 130 +++++++++++-----
 include/uapi/linux/elf.h                      |   1 +
 tools/testing/selftests/arm64/Makefile        |   2 +-
 tools/testing/selftests/arm64/ptrace/Makefile |   6 +
 .../arm64/ptrace/ptrace_syscall_regs_test.c   | 142 ++++++++++++++++++
 6 files changed, 246 insertions(+), 40 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 tools/testing/selftests/arm64/ptrace/Makefile
 create mode 100644 tools/testing/selftests/arm64/ptrace/ptrace_syscall_regs_test.c


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