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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/2] kretprobe: produce sane stack traces
On Thu, 8 Nov 2018 08:44:37 -0600
Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 08, 2018 at 07:04:48PM +1100, Aleksa Sarai wrote:
> > On 2018-11-08, Aleksa Sarai <cyphar@cyphar.com> wrote:
> > > 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).
> >
> > Here is the patch I have at the moment (it works, except for the
> > question I have about how to handle the top-level pt_regs -- I've marked
> > that code with XXX).
> >
> > --
> > Aleksa Sarai
> > Senior Software Engineer (Containers)
> > SUSE Linux GmbH
> > <https://www.cyphar.com/>
> >
> > --8<---------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > Since the return address is modified by kretprobe, the various unwinders
> > can produce invalid and confusing stack traces. ftrace mostly solved
> > this problem by teaching each unwinder how to find the original return
> > address for stack trace purposes. This same technique can be applied to
> > kretprobes by simply adding a pointer to where the return address was
> > replaced in the stack, and then looking up the relevant
> > kretprobe_instance when a stack trace is requested.
> >
> > [WIP: This is currently broken because the *first entry* will not be
> > overwritten since it looks like the stack pointer is different
> > when we are provided pt_regs. All other addresses are correctly
> > handled.]
>
> When you see this problem, what does regs->ip point to? If it's
> pointing to generated code, then we don't _currently_ have a way of
> dealing with that. If it's pointing to a real function, we can fix that
> with unwind hints.

As I replied, If the stackdump is called from kretprobe event, regs->ip
always points trampoline function. Otherwise (maybe from kprobe event,
or panic, BUG etc.) it always be the address which the event occurs.

So fixing regs->ip is correct.

Thank you,


--
Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@kernel.org>

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