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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] uprobe: only do FOLL_SPLIT_PMD for uprobe register

> On Oct 17, 2019, at 1:47 AM, Oleg Nesterov <> wrote:
> On 10/16, Song Liu wrote:
>>> On Oct 16, 2019, at 5:10 AM, Oleg Nesterov <> wrote:
>>>> @@ -489,6 +492,9 @@ int uprobe_write_opcode(struct arch_uprobe *auprobe, struct mm_struct *mm,
>>>> if (ret <= 0)
>>>> goto put_old;
>>>> + WARN(!is_register && PageCompound(old_page),
>>>> + "uprobe unregister should never work on compound page\n");
>>> But this can happen with the change above. You can't know if *vaddr was
>>> previously changed by install_breakpoint() or not.
>>> If not, verify_opcode() should likely save us, but we can't rely on it.
>>> Say, someone can write "int3" into vm_file at uprobe->offset.
>> I think this won't really happen. With is_register == false, we already
>> know opcode is not "int3", so current call must be from set_orig_insn().
>> Therefore, old_page must be installed by uprobe, and cannot be compound.
>> The other way is not guaranteed. With is_register == true, it is still
>> possible current call is from set_orig_insn(). However, we do not rely
>> on this path.
> Quite contrary.
> When is_register == true we know that a) the caller is install_breakpoint()
> and b) the original insn is NOT int3 unless this page was alreadt COW'ed by
> userspace, say, by gdb.
> If is_register == false we only know that the caller is remove_breakpoint().
> We can't know if this page was COW'ed by uprobes or userspace, we can not
> know if the insn we are going to replace is int3 or not, thus we can not
> assume that verify_opcode() will fail and save us.

So the case we worry about is:
old_page is COW by user space, target insn is int3, and it is a huge page;
then uprobe calls remove_breakpoint();

Yeah, I guess this could happen.

For the fix, I guess return -Esomething in such case should be sufficient?


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