[PATCH v3 1/5] arm64: Kprobes with single stepping support

Jon Medhurst (Tixy) tixy at linaro.org
Tue Nov 18 05:28:15 PST 2014

On Tue, 2014-11-18 at 01:32 -0500, David Long wrote:
> From: Sandeepa Prabhu <sandeepa.prabhu at linaro.org>
> Add support for basic kernel probes(kprobes) and jump probes
> (jprobes) for ARM64.
> Kprobes will utilize software breakpoint and single step debug
> exceptions supported on ARM v8.
> software breakpoint is placed at the probe address to trap the
> kernel execution into kprobe handler.
> ARM v8 support single stepping to be enabled while exception return
> (ERET) with next PC in exception return address (ELR_EL1).
> kprobe handler prepares a executable memory slot for out-of-line
> execution with the copy of the original instruction under probe, and
> enable single stepping from the instruction slot. With this scheme,
> the instruction is executed with the exact same register context
> 'except PC' that points to instruction slot.
> Debug mask(PSTATE.D) is enabled only when single stepping a recursive
> kprobes i.e. during kprobes reenter so that probes instruction can be
> single stepped within the kprobe handler -exception- context.

Does this mean that at the point the probed instruction is
single-stepped there is nothing extra that has been pushed on on the
kernel stack by any kprobes handling code? I just want to check that you
aren't going to hit the problems that the 32-bit kprobes code is
currently being fixed for [1]. 

The simulated instructions in patch 2 don't access the stack, so they
are safe from the problem.

[1] http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/linux-arm-kernel/2014-November/303525.html


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