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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 1/2] ptrace: save the type of syscall-stop in ptrace_message
On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 2:11 PM Dmitry V. Levin <ldv@altlinux.org> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 06:23:46PM +0300, Dmitry V. Levin wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 03:20:06PM +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > > On 11/28, Dmitry V. Levin wrote:
> > > > On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 02:49:14PM +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > > > > On 11/28, Dmitry V. Levin wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > +/*
> > > > > > + * These values are stored in task->ptrace_message by tracehook_report_syscall_*
> > > > > > + * to describe current syscall-stop.
> > > > > > + *
> > > > > > + * Values for these constants are chosen so that they do not appear
> > > > > > + * in task->ptrace_message by other means.
> > > > > > + */
> > > > > > +#define PTRACE_EVENTMSG_SYSCALL_ENTRY 0x80000000U
> > > > > > +#define PTRACE_EVENTMSG_SYSCALL_EXIT 0x90000000U
> > > > >
> > > > > Again, I do not really understand the comment... Why should we care about
> > > > > "do not appear in task->ptrace_message by other means" ?
> > > > >
> > > > > 2/2 should detect ptrace_report_syscall() case correctly, so we can use any
> > > > > numbers, say, 1 and 2?
> > > > >
> > > > > If debugger does PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG it should know how to interpet the value
> > > > > anyway after wait(status).
> > > >
> > > > Given that without this patch the value returned by PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG
> > > > during syscall stop is undefined, we need two different ptrace_message
> > > > values that cannot be set by other ptrace events to enable reliable
> > > > identification of syscall-enter-stop and syscall-exit-stop in userspace:
> > > > if we make PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG return 0 or any other value routinely set by
> > > > other ptrace events, it would be hard for userspace to find out whether
> > > > the kernel implements new semantics or not.
> > >
> > > Hmm, why? Debugger can just do ptrace(PTRACE_GET_SYSCALL_INFO, NULL), if it
> > > returns EIO then it is not implemented?
> >
> > The debugger that uses PTRACE_GET_SYSCALL_INFO does not need to call
> > PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG for syscall stops.
> > My concern here is the PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG interface itself. If we use
> > ptrace_message to implement PTRACE_GET_SYSCALL_INFO and expose
> > PTRACE_EVENTMSG_SYSCALL_{ENTRY,EXIT} for regular PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG users,
> > it should have clear semantics.
>
> Since our implementation of PTRACE_GET_SYSCALL_INFO uses ptrace_message
> to distinguish syscall-enter-stop from syscall-exit-stop, we could choose
> one of the following approaches:
>
> 1. Do not document the values saved into ptrace_message during syscall
> stops (and exposed via PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG) as a part of ptrace API,
> leaving the value returned by PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG during syscall stops
> as undefined.
>
> 2. Document these values chosen to avoid collisions with ptrace_message values
> set by other ptrace events so that PTRACE_GETEVENTMSG users can easily tell
> whether this new semantics is supported by the kernel or not.

I don't like any of this at all. Can we please choose a sensible API
design and let the API drive the implementation instead of vice versa?
ISTM the correct solution is to add some new state to task_struct for
this.

If we're concerned about making task_struct bigger, I have a
half-finished patch to factor all the ptrace tracee state into a
separate struct.

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