Re: [PATCH 01/12] uprobes: split THPs before trying replace them
From: Rik van Riel
Date: Wed Jan 25 2017 - 12:44:37 EST
On Wed, 2017-01-25 at 08:55 -0800, Srikar Dronamraju wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > >
> > > > For THPs page_check_address() always fails. It's better to
> > > > split them
> > > > first before trying to replace.
> > > So what does this mean.ÂÂuprobes simply fails to work when trying
> > > to
> > > place a probe into a THP memory region?
> > Looks like we can end up with endless retry loop in
> > uprobe_write_opcode().
> > >
> > > How come nobody noticed (and reported) this when using the
> > > feature?
> > I guess it's not often used for anon memory.
> The first time the breakpoint is hit on a page, it replaces the text
> page with anon page.ÂÂNow lets assume we insert breakpoints in all
> pages in a range. Here each page is individually replaced by a non
> anonpage. (since we dont have bulk breakpoint insertion support,
> breakpoint insertion happens one at a time). Now the only interesting
> case may be when each of these replaced pages happen to be physically
> contiguous so that THP kicks in to replace all of these pages with
> THP page. Can happen in practice?
> Are there any other cases that I have missed?
A JIT compiler placing executable code in anonymous
memory before executing it, and a debugger trying to
insert a uprobe in one of those areas?
Not common, but I suppose it could be done.
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