Re: [PATCH] powerpc/kprobes: Fix trap address when trap happened in real mode

From: Christophe Leroy
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 - 04:03:26 EST

Le 16/02/2020 Ã 13:34, Masami Hiramatsu a ÃcritÂ:
On Sat, 15 Feb 2020 11:28:49 +0100
Christophe Leroy <christophe.leroy@xxxxxx> wrote:


Le 14/02/2020 Ã 14:54, Masami Hiramatsu a ÃcritÂ:

On Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:47:49 +0000 (UTC)
Christophe Leroy <christophe.leroy@xxxxxx> wrote:

When a program check exception happens while MMU translation is
disabled, following Oops happens in kprobe_handler() in the following

} else if (*addr != BREAKPOINT_INSTRUCTION) {

Thanks for the report and patch. I'm not so sure about powerpc implementation
but at where the MMU translation is disabled, can the handler work correctly?
(And where did you put the probe on?)

Your fix may fix this Oops, but if the handler needs special care, it is an
option to blacklist such place (if possible).

I guess that's another story. Here we are not talking about a place
where kprobe has been illegitimately activated, but a place where there
is a valid trap, which generated a valid 'program check exception'. And
kprobe was off at that time.

Ah, I got it. It is not a kprobe breakpoint, but to check that correctly,
it has to know the address where the breakpoint happens. OK.

As any 'program check exception' due to a trap (ie a BUG_ON, a WARN_ON,
a debugger breakpoint, a perf breakpoint, etc...) calls
kprobe_handler(), kprobe_handler() must be prepared to handle the case
where the MMU translation is disabled, even if probes are not supposed
to be set for functions running with MMU translation disabled.

Can't we check the MMU is disabled there (as same as checking the exception
happened in user space or not)?

What do you mean by 'there' ? At the entry of kprobe_handler() ?

That's what my patch does, it checks whether MMU is disabled or not. If it is, it converts the address to a virtual address.

Do you mean kprobe_handler() should bail out early as it does when the trap happens in user mode ? Of course we can do that, I don't know enough about kprobe to know if kprobe_handler() should manage events that happened in real-mode or just ignore them. But I tested adding an event on a function that runs in real-mode, and it (now) works.

So, what should we do really ?