Re: [PATCH 1/1] ptrace: make sure do_wait() won't hang afterPTRACE_ATTACH

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Mon Feb 28 2011 - 08:29:51 EST

On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 02:16:48PM +0100, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> (gdb) print getpid()
> gdb modifies IP, sets breakpoint on return address, and issues PTRACE_CONT(0).
> Kernel has to put the tracee into group-stop, right?
> Becuase if it doesn't, if it makes tracee run, then the kernel is
> still broken. For example,
> stracing a program and sending SIGSTOP on it won't work: the sequence
> of events will be
> got SIGSTOP because SIGSTOP was delivered
> got SIGSTOP because tracee is in group-stop now
> because we aren't in signal delivery ptrace-stop
> and tracee continues.
> That's why I think gdb's "print getpid()" today depends on the bug.
> If we simply fix the bug (by making PTRACE_CONT/SYSCALL(0)
> re-enter group-stop), then "print getpid()" will stop working
> for stopped tracees.

There's no reason to make the tracee re-enter group stop after pulling
it out to execute 'print getpid()'. The only thing necessary is a way
for the debugger to find out that group stop has been lifted. The
debugger then can resume the tracee if it wishes so. ie. group stop
becomes a trap point + a state which the debugger can monitor. If the
debugger wants the tracee to follow the jctl behavior, it can do so by
resuming the tracee as it sees fit.


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