Re: [RFC] [PATCH 2.6.37-rc5-tip 5/20] 5: Uprobes:register/unregister probes.

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Wed Jan 26 2011 - 12:17:53 EST

On Wed, 2011-01-26 at 22:26 +0530, Srikar Dronamraju wrote:

> > - lookup the vma relating to the address you stored,
> We already do this thro get_user_pages in write_opcode().

Ah, I didn't read that far..

> > - validate that the vma is indeed a map of the right inode
> We can add a check in write_opcode( we need to pass the inode to
> write_opcode).


> > - validate that the offset of the probe corresponds with the stored
> > address
> I am not clear on this. We would have derived the address from the
> offset. So is that we check for
> (vaddr == vma->vm_start + uprobe->offset)

Sure, but the vma might have changed since you computed the offset -)

> >
> > Otherwise you can race with unmap/map and end up installing the probe in
> > a random location.
> >
> > Also, I think the whole thing goes funny if someone maps the same text
> > twice ;-)
> I am not sure if we can map the same text twice. If something like
> this is possible then we would have 2 addresses for each function.
> So how does the linker know which address to jump to out of the 2 or
> multiple matching addresses. What would be the usecases for same
> text being mapped multiple times and both being executable?

You can, if only to wreck your thing, you can call mmap() as often as
you like (until your virtual memory space runs out) and get many many
mapping of the same file.

It doesn't need to make sense to the linker, all it needs to do is
confuse your code ;-)
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