Re: [PATCHv3] arm: ftrace: Adds support for CONFIG_DYNAMIC_FTRACE_WITH_REGS

From: Abel Vesa
Date: Thu Feb 09 2017 - 13:18:28 EST

On Thu, Feb 09, 2017 at 06:06:44PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux 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?
At this point, yeah, but I intend to come up with another patch series
for livepatching which needs the exact same context as the function
livepatched. This means all the regs need to be saved and restored
before calling the replacing function.
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