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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH glibc 1/4] glibc: Perform rseq(2) registration at C startup and thread creation (v6)
----- On Jan 29, 2019, at 9:40 PM, Joseph Myers wrote:

> On Tue, 29 Jan 2019, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
>> My thinking was to put the #error in the generic header, so architectures that
>> are not supported yet cannot build against rseq.h at all, so we don't end up
>> in a broken upgrade scenario. I'm open to alternative ways to do it though, as
>> long as we don't let not-yet-supported architectures build broken code.
> Any case with #error in installed glibc headers needs special-casing in
> (and, thus, such errors are to be discouraged).

One alternative to #error would be to have an empty generic bits/rseq.h
that does _not_ define RSEQ_SIG. This way, it would be possible to
include sys/rseq.h from an architecture that does not define RSEQ_SIG
yet, but it would not cause any build failure. It's only if the code
try to use RSEQ_SIG that it would fail to compile because undefined.

> Cases where architectures commonly need their own bits/ headers,
> especially where those are likely to need updating for new kernel
> versions, are also discouraged.

The per-arch bits/rseq.h headers, once they define a specific value for
RSEQ_SIG, should never ever change that value.

> Furthermore, a normal check for glibc
> headers updates needed for a new kernel version would only involve
> examining uapi headers (and the non-uapi linux/socket.h for new address
> families, an unfortunate existing wart in this area). As far as I can
> see, this value isn't defined in any uapi header, which makes it
> especially likely to be missed in such a check. Furthermore, I'm hoping
> to add more glibc tests for consistency of such constants between glibc
> and the kernel, to ensure any such updates missing are caught
> automatically through test failures - but that doesn't work if the
> constants in question aren't in a uapi header.
> If this constant were in a uapi header, the glibc header could just
> include that - is the issue that it's not actually an interface between
> glibc and the kernel at all, but some kind of purely-userspace interface?

The rseq uapi headers do not enforce the value of RSEQ_SIG. The role of the
kernel wrt signature is to receive it as sys_rseq argument, and then validate
that abort targets are prefixed with the signature before moving the
instruction pointer there.

Therefore, it's up to user-space to agree on the RSEQ_SIG value across
all code using rseq within a process. Since glibc will be registering
rseq and exposing public headers, it appears that glibc would be the
appropriate project to define the RSEQ_SIG value for each architecture.

> We very definitely wish to keep to a minimum the cases where updates need
> to be done separately in glibc by each architecture maintainer (that's
> just a recipe for some updates getting missed accidentally) - meaning that
> there needs to be a clear way in which someone can tell, globally for all
> architectures, whether the set of such architecture-specific headers for
> this constant in glibc is complete and current, and when it needs updating
> (and this should be as similar to possible to such checks for any other
> header constant).

Currently, I use #ifdef __NR_rseq from uapi unistd.h to check whether the
kernel headers implement the rseq system call for the target architecture.

With the approach of having an empty bits/rseq.h for architecture not yet
supporting rseq in glibc, one way to check that glibc implements RSEQ_SIG
for all architectures that have the rseq system call wired up in uapi would

#include <unistd.h>
#include <sys/rseq.h>

#if defined (__NR_rseq) && !defined (RSEQ_SIG)
# error "UAPI headers support rseq system call, but glibc does not define RSEQ_SIG."

Would that take care of your concerns ?



Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.

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