Re: ptrace bugs and related problems

From: Albert Cahalan
Date: Tue Aug 01 2006 - 01:20:03 EST

On 7/31/06, Daniel Jacobowitz <dan@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 08:08:35PM -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
> The execve event is unreliable anyway.
> Thus, it is necessary to use syscall tracing.

You keep saying this "unreliable" thing, and I don't think it means
what you think it means. It should always be delivered. When it
isn't, there's a bug. I don't know of any, unless you're talking about
the thread group issue you just reported.

Yeah, I figure there is a bug.

It'd be great if you could reproduce the bug.
My setup:

2-core CPU
64-bit kernel (2.6.17 FC5, next-to-latest revision)
32-bit target app (assembly - no C library)
32-bit debugger

The target app does CLONE_THREAD. The child does
that again, then execve. The first and last threads spin
in a loop, either burning CPU time or doing the pause
system call. (the middle thread does the execve)

I see the messages just fine on many 32-bit non-SMP
systems that I tested with: Gentoo 2.6.16, Gentoo 2.6.13,
plain 2.6.16, maybe mostly in VMWare.
Perhaps it is the SMP, the 64-bit, or Fedora being broken.
I can not say, and most likely can not investigate more.

I hope that helps.
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