Bug in setbpt/clearbpt for SPARC/SPARC64?
james.hogan at imgtec.com
Tue Feb 5 13:52:48 UTC 2013
On 05/02/13 13:29, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> On 11/28/2012 02:14 PM, James Hogan wrote:
>> While implementing regset support in strace for the metag architecture,
>> I think I've noticed a problem in util.c.
>> For SPARC/SPARC64, arg_setup and arg_finish_change are defined to use
>> PTRACE_GETREGS and PTRACE_SETREGS. However change_syscall also does a
>> read-modify-write using PTRACE_GETREGS and PTRACE_SETREGS.
>> These are then combined in a bad way in setbpt:
>> if (arg_setup(tcp, &state) < 0
>> /* reads the registers into state */
>> || get_arg0(tcp, &state, &tcp->inst) < 0
>> || get_arg1(tcp, &state, &tcp->inst) < 0
>> /* reads arguments from state */
>> || change_syscall(tcp, clone_scno[current_personality]) < 0
>> /* reads registers again, and changes one of them */
>> || set_arg0(tcp, &state, CLONE_PTRACE|SIGCHLD) < 0
>> || set_arg1(tcp, &state, 0) < 0
>> /* sets argument registers in state */
>> || arg_finish_change(tcp, &state) < 0)
>> /* writes back state, presumably undoing change_syscall's hard work. */
>> Looking at a "git diff v4.7..master util.c", it looks like clearbpt is
>> doing something similar too.
>> Is that analysis correct or have I missed something important that would
>> make it work?
> setbpt/clearbpt is not supposed to be used when run on any non-ancient
> Linux kernel. It was a hack used to work around problems with attaching
> to forked children. Now kernel catches them for us:
Thanks for the info. How old is "ancient"? It sounds like setbrk and
clearbrk can become no-ops for new architectures merged into Linux (e.g.
those exclusively using regsets).
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