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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kprobes, x86/alternatives: use text_mutex to protect smp_alt_modules
On Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:26:56 +0800
zhouchengming <zhouchengming1@huawei.com> wrote:

> On 2017/10/27 22:15, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 02:33:48PM +0200, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> >> On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 07:42:45PM +0800, zhouchengming wrote:
> >>> This is a real bug happened on one of our machines, below is the calltrace.
> >>> We can see the trigger is at alternatives_text_reserved+0x20/0x80, and
> >>> encounter a deleted (poisoned) list_head.
> >> Looks like some out-of-tree, old kernel thing. We don't have
> >> mlx4_stats_sysfs_create() upstream and looking at the boot timestamps,
> >> it could be that register_jprobe() is not ready yet.
> >>
> >> Looking at the Code, though:
> >>
> >> 20: 74 59 je 0x7b
> >> 22: 66 0f 1f 84 00 00 00 nopw 0x0(%rax,%rax,1)
> >> 29: 00 00
> >> 2b:* 48 3b 71 20 cmp 0x20(%rcx),%rsi<-- trapping instruction
> >> 2f: 72 3a jb 0x6b
> >> 31: 48 3b 79 28 cmp 0x28(%rcx),%rdi
> >> 35: 77 34 ja 0x6b
> >>
> >> %rcx is 0xdead0000000000d0 and that is POISON_POINTER_DELTA + 0xd0 so
> >> that looks more like smp_alt_modules is not initialized yet but I could
> >> could very well be wrong because this is an old kernel. So trigger that
> >> with the upstream kernel without out of tree modules.
> > Not to mention that we're about (or just have) yanked jprobes out of the
> > kernel entirely.
>
> Well... but this is a bug of alternatives_text_reserved(), it traverse the list without holding
> the smp_alt mutex. So all users of it, like kprobes, will still have this problem. Maybe I could
> think of a way to get rid of the mutex entirely.

Correct. Peter, this is not related to jprobes, register_kprobe has same issue.

Thank you,



--
Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@kernel.org>

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