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SubjectRe: [PATCH] consolidate sys_ptrace
On Wed, Aug 10, 2005 at 10:33:50AM +0200, Martin Schwidefsky wrote:
> Christoph Hellwig <> wrote on 08/10/2005 10:00:57 AM:
> > The sys_ptrace boilerplate code (everything outside the big switch
> > statement for the arch-specific requests) is shared by most
> > architectures. This patch moves it to kernel/ptrace.c and leaves the
> > arch-specific code as arch_ptrace.
> >
> > Some architectures have a too different ptrace so we have to exclude
> > them: alpha, ia64, m32r, parisc, sparc, sparc64. They continue to
> > keep their implementations. For sh64 I had to add a sh64_ptrace wrapper
> > because it does some initialization on the first call. For um I removed
> > isn't defined anywhere in the tree.
> There is one small problem with the new ptrace code for s390. We have
> this horribly broken ptrace hack to get the ieee instruction pointer
> of the last fpu exception. The fpu itself doesn't store the value so
> the exception handler of the kernel stores the instruction pointer to
> the thread structure. A process is allowed to ptrace itself (!) with the
> peek/poke value of PT_IEEE_IP to get this value. This is used in the
> fpu code in glibc. I know this is broken but I can't help it. Without
> this hack existing glibc code will fall over.
> To make this work the special case needs to be dealt with before the
> ptrace_check_attach check is done. My suggestion would be to move the
> ptrace_check_attach to the arch_ptrace function. Then the s390 specific
> arch_ptrace function could insert the PT_IEEE_IP check before calling
> ptrace_chek_attach. The only other alternative is a s390 copy of
> sys_ptrace.

I suspect at this point it's better to leave s390 out of the
consolidation. I'll have another patch that'll make the implementations
that aren't consolidated use the new ptrace_get_task_struct function,
so there will be far less code duplicated than now.

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