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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL v4.5] Fix INT1 recursion with unregistered breakpoints
On 1/11/16, Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 5:30 PM, Jeff Merkey <> wrote:
>> On 1/11/16, Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 4:44 PM, Jeff Merkey <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi Thomas,
>>>> I agree with #2, we should clear the breakpoint. As for #1, if
>>>> there's an execute breakpoint it MUST be cleared or it will just fire
>>>> off again when it sees the iretd from the int1 exception handler. I
>>>> do use the breakpoint API Thomas, this showed up while debugging and
>>>> testing the API with "lazy debug register switching".
>>>> So do you want me to expand the patch and clear the breakpoint? Just
>>>> give the word and I'll get busy and GIT -R- DONE.
>>> It seems to me that you're papering over some issue instead of fixing
>>> the root cause. If you're using the API, then either you're doing it
>>> wrong or the API is broken. Can you figure out which and fix it?
>>> --Andy
>> Andy,
>> Linux should not crash because someone triggered a breakpoint or one
>> got triggered due to a program leaving some bits lying in a read only
>> register (DR6) which for some strange reason someone in the linux
>> world decided could be used as local storage and to pass arguments
>> between subsystems - a register intel designed to be read from for
>> status. I did not design what's in that API, I have to live with
>> it.
> The API appears to work, though. Are you *sure* you're using it
> correctly? Are you telling the code in kernel/hw_breakpoint.c about
> your breakpoint?
>> So all I am asking is that we fix this issue. It does not matter
>> to my debugger is this is fixed or not in Linux, since I carry the fix
>> in my patch, but it does matter to the overall robustness of Linux.
> Robust against what, exactly? What's the bug?
> I will grant that the comments about lazy dr7 switching are
> mystifying, and cleaning them up might be nice. But there's no
> adequate explanation of what the failure mode is, how to trigger it,
> or why your patch is a reasonable fix. As it stands, you're
> duplicating code.
> --Andy


Couple of things:

Would you like a copy of the test harness that creates this bug to
test for yourself? I previously posted it on the list. If you don't
have it, I'll provide it.

Since the dr6 bits get shifted around, it doesn't matter if the
breakpoint was registered or not in the API because the broken handler
will call NULL bp structures and crash whether its registered or not.

You keep asking the same questions and the answers are the the writeup
for the patch, including how it is triggered, what triggers it, how I
have triggered it, etc. and you are simply ignoring what's written
there (or you have not read it). It makes me wonder if you really
know and understand x86 debugger stuff.

I wrote the MDB debugger on Linux 18 years ago -- that's how long I
have been working on Linux kernel development. That's how long this
debugger has been around. I have been working on intel based
platforms since they existed, so I did not just fall off the turnip
truck here.



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