Re: [PATCH v7 0/7] arm64: Add kernel probes (kprobes) support

From: David Long
Date: Wed Jun 17 2015 - 14:55:30 EST

On 06/17/15 10:18, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
Hi David,

At first, thank you for updating this series! :)

On 2015/06/16 4:07, David Long wrote:
From: "David A. Long" <dave.long@xxxxxxxxxx>

This patchset is heavily based on Sandeepa Prabhu's ARM v8 kprobes patches,
first seen in October 2013. This version attempts to address concerns raised by
reviewers and also fixes problems discovered during testing.

This patchset adds support for kernel probes(kprobes), jump probes(jprobes)
and return probes(kretprobes) support for ARM64.

The kprobes mechanism makes use of software breakpoint and single stepping
support available in the ARM v8 kernel.

The is patch depends on:
[PATCH 1/2] Move the pt_regs_offset struct definition from arch to common include file
[PATCH 2/2] Consolidate redundant register/stack access code

Hmm, what are those patches ? Would they be not merged to upstream yet?
If so, where I can get them from? I'd like to know the actual url for them.

These patches were sent out to the kernel mailing lists shortly before the kprobes64 patch. Until such time as they are accepted upstream they can also be found on the "kprobes64-v7" branch of my personal git repo at:

as commits:


Since I'm not planning on keeping that branch around forever I did not include that info in the cover-letter email. Please advise if there is a better way to record dependencies like this.

Changes since v6 include:

1) New trampoline code from Will Cohen fixes the occasional failure seen
when processing kretprobes by replacing the software breakpoint with
assembly code to implement the return to the original execution stream.

Yeah, that's what we need :)

Thank you,

You're welcome :-)

2) Changed ip0, ip1, fp, and lr to plain numbered registers for purposes
of recognizing them as an ascii string in the stack/reg access code.
3) Removed orig_x0.
4) Moved ARM_x* defines from arch/arm64/include/uapi/asm/ptrace.h to

David A. Long (2):
arm64: Add more test functions to insn.c

Sandeepa Prabhu (4):
arm64: Kprobes with single stepping support
arm64: kprobes instruction simulation support
arm64: Add kernel return probes support (kretprobes)
kprobes: Add arm64 case in kprobe example module

William Cohen (1):
arm64: Add trampoline code for kretprobes

arch/arm64/Kconfig | 3 +
arch/arm64/include/asm/debug-monitors.h | 5 +
arch/arm64/include/asm/insn.h | 18 +
arch/arm64/include/asm/kprobes.h | 63 +++
arch/arm64/include/asm/probes.h | 50 +++
arch/arm64/include/asm/ptrace.h | 28 +-
arch/arm64/kernel/Makefile | 3 +
arch/arm64/kernel/debug-monitors.c | 35 +-
arch/arm64/kernel/insn.c | 28 ++
arch/arm64/kernel/kprobes-arm64.c | 166 ++++++++
arch/arm64/kernel/kprobes-arm64.h | 71 ++++
arch/arm64/kernel/kprobes.c | 665 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
arch/arm64/kernel/kprobes.h | 24 ++
arch/arm64/kernel/probes-condn-check.c | 122 ++++++
arch/arm64/kernel/probes-simulate-insn.c | 174 ++++++++
arch/arm64/kernel/probes-simulate-insn.h | 33 ++
arch/arm64/kernel/ptrace.c | 77 ++++
arch/arm64/kernel/ | 1 +
arch/arm64/mm/fault.c | 25 ++
samples/kprobes/kprobe_example.c | 8 +
20 files changed, 1588 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/include/asm/kprobes.h
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/include/asm/probes.h
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kernel/kprobes-arm64.c
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kernel/kprobes-arm64.h
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kernel/kprobes.c
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kernel/kprobes.h
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kernel/probes-condn-check.c
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kernel/probes-simulate-insn.c
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kernel/probes-simulate-insn.h

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