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SubjectRe: [BUG][kprobes][vunmap?]: kprobes may cause memory corruption
Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> * Masami Hiramatsu (mhiramat@redhat.com) wrote:
>> Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
> Hi Masami,
>
> This would not surprise me if it came from bug in the new vmap()
> implementation done in this commit :
>
> http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=commit;h=db64fe02258f1507e13fe5212a989922323685ce
>
> Especially because going from vmap -> vm_map_ram makes this behavior
> disappear.
>
> Looking at the commit, I notice that it delays vunmap so it's done in
> batch to minimize locking effect. I think it would be good to create a
> test case to try to isolate this, without any kprobes/text_poke
> involved, which does something like this :
>
> load module (this is also doing vmalloc, so it might be part of the
> problem)
> for i (i=0; i < 400; i++) {
> vmap()
> vfree()
^^^^^ vunmap?
> }
> unload module

> Another interesting test would be :
>
> for i (i=0; i < 400; i++) {
> vmalloc()
> vfree()
> }

Hi Mathieu,

Thank you for test ideas.
I made both of above two tests and run it. Both test modules
do NOT cause memory corruption...

> All this called in a loop. This would help isolating the "vmap" part of
> the issue. If this test is not enough, then we should maybe try
> something like this in a kernel module (which does what text_poke does
> with vmalloc, more or less) in a loop :
>
> char somedata[PAGE_SIZE] __attribute__((aligned(PAGE_SIZE)));
> char copydata[PAGE_SIZE] __attribute__((aligned(PAGE_SIZE)));

Should both of them have PAGE_SIZE*2?

>
> void test_vmap(void)
> }
> struct page *pages[2];
> char *vaddr;
> int i;
>
> for (i = 0; i < 2 * PAGE_SIZE; i++)
> copydata[i] = somedata[i];
> page[0] = virt_to_page(&somedata);
> BUG_ON(!page[0]);
> page[1] = virt_to_page(&somedata + PAGE_SIZE);
> BUG_ON(!page[1]);
> vaddr = vmap(pages, 2, VM_MAP, PAGE_KERNEL);
> BUG_ON(!vaddr);
>
> for (i = 0; i < 2 * PAGE_SIZE; i++)
> vaddr[i] = copydata[i] + 1;
>
> vunmap(vaddr);
>
> for (i = 0; i < 2 * PAGE_SIZE; i++)
> BUG_ON(somedata[i] != copydata[i] + 1);
> }

Hmm, when I ran above code, it hit the last BUG_ON().
I checked that somedata[i] didn't updated.

> Given you don't seem to have hit the
> for (i = 0; i < len; i++)
> BUG_ON(((char *)addr)[i] != ((char *)opcode)[i]);
> test at the end of text_poke,

However, when I ran kprobe-based test, it doesn't hit the BUG_ON()
in text_poke().

> I suspect the write through the vmapped
> area is correctly done, but that the problem may lay in the mm layer.
> Maybe it's running out of pre-allocated vmap areas or something like
> this ?

I haven't seen vmalloc failure message on 2.6.29-rc2.

Thank you again,


--
Masami Hiramatsu

Software Engineer
Hitachi Computer Products (America) Inc.
Software Solutions Division

e-mail: mhiramat@redhat.com



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