Re: [PATCHv3] arm: ftrace: Adds support for CONFIG_DYNAMIC_FTRACE_WITH_REGS
From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Thu Feb 09 2017 - 13:15:13 EST
[ sending again with Masami Cc'd ]
On Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:14:14 -0500
Steven Rostedt <rostedt@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 9 Feb 2017 18:06:44 +0000
> Russell King - ARM Linux <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 09, 2017 at 12:13:22PM -0500, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > > Then came along live kernel patching, which I believe this series is
> > > trying to support. What is needed by pt_regs is a way to "hijack" the
> > > function being called to instead call the patched function. That is,
> > > ftrace is not being used for tracing, but in reality, being used to
> > > modify the running kernel. It is being used to change what function
> > > gets called. ftrace is just a hook for that mechanism.
> > So, would I be correct to assume that the only parts of pt_regs that
> > would be touched are those which contain arguments to the function,
> > and the register which would contain the return value?
> For live kernel patching, perhaps.
> But for kprobes, I think they can touch anything. Matters what the
> creater of the kprobe wanted to do.
> -- Steve