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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/2] kretprobe: produce sane stack traces
On 2018-11-06, Steven Rostedt <> wrote:
> On Sun, 4 Nov 2018 22:59:13 +1100
> Aleksa Sarai <> wrote:
> > The same issue is present in __save_stack_trace
> > (arch/x86/kernel/stacktrace.c). This is likely the only reason that --
> > as Steven said -- stacktraces wouldn't work with ftrace-graph (and thus
> > with the refactor both of you are discussing).
> By the way, I was playing with the the orc unwinder and stack traces
> from the function graph tracer return code, and got it working with the
> below patch. Caution, that patch also has a stack trace hardcoded in
> the return path of the function graph tracer, so you don't want to run
> function graph tracing without filtering.


> diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace_functions_graph.c b/kernel/trace/trace_functions_graph.c
> index 169b3c44ee97..aaeca73218cc 100644
> --- a/kernel/trace/trace_functions_graph.c
> +++ b/kernel/trace/trace_functions_graph.c
> @@ -242,13 +242,16 @@ ftrace_pop_return_trace(struct ftrace_graph_ret *trace, unsigned long *ret,
> trace->calltime = current->ret_stack[index].calltime;
> trace->overrun = atomic_read(&current->trace_overrun);
> trace->depth = index;
> +
> + trace_dump_stack(0);

Right, this works because save_stack is not being passed a pt_regs. But if
you pass a pt_regs (as happens with bpf_getstackid -- which is what
spawned this discussion) then the top-most entry of the stack will still
be a trampoline because there is no ftrace_graph_ret_addr call.

(I'm struggling with how to fix this -- I can't figure out what retp
should be if you have a pt_regs. ->sp doesn't appear to work -- it's off
by a few bytes.)

I will attach what I have at the moment to hopefully explain what the
issue I've found is (re-using the kretprobe architecture but with the
shadow-stack idea).

Aleksa Sarai
Senior Software Engineer (Containers)
SUSE Linux GmbH
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