Re: [PATCH] arm64: print a fault message when attempting to write RO memory

From: Mark Rutland
Date: Thu Feb 16 2017 - 06:06:24 EST


On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 05:54:08PM -0800, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> If a page is marked read only we should print out that fact,
> instead of printing out that there was a page fault. Right now we
> get a cryptic error message that something went wrong with an
> unhandled fault, but we don't evaluate the esr to figure out that
> it was a read/write permission fault.
> Instead of seeing:
> Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address ffff000008e460d8
> pgd = ffff800003504000
> [ffff000008e460d8] *pgd=0000000083473003, *pud=0000000083503003, *pmd=0000000000000000
> Internal error: Oops: 9600004f [#1] PREEMPT SMP
> we'll see:
> Internal error: Attempting to write read-only memory: 9600004f [#1] PREEMPT SMP

It's less than ideal to lose the fault address here. Arguably we should
also log that for the userspace cases.

It would also be nice to keep the table dump for the kernel fault case,
since dodgy page tables are a likely case there.

> @@ -331,6 +331,11 @@ static int __kprobes do_page_fault(unsigned long addr, unsigned int esr,
> if (!search_exception_tables(regs->pc))
> die("Accessing user space memory outside uaccess.h routines", regs, esr);
> + } else if (is_permission_fault(esr, regs)) {
> + if (esr & ESR_ELx_WNR)
> + die("Attempting to write read-only memory", regs, esr);
> + else
> + die("Attempting to read unreadable memory", regs, esr);
> }

We won't have looked at the exception tables yet, so won't this make
probe_kernel_{read,write}(), or any other extable users unsafe?

Could we update __do_kernel_fault() to report faults more thoroughly

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