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SubjectRe: [uml-devel] Re: [RFC] PATCH 3/4 - Time virtualization : PTRACE_SYSCALL_MASK
On Thu, 2006-04-20 at 16:17 +0200, Bodo Stroesser wrote:
> Heiko Carstens wrote:
> >>Add PTRACE_SYSCALL_MASK, which allows system calls to be selectively
> >>traced. It takes a bitmask and a length. A system call is traced
> >>if its bit is one. Otherwise, it executes normally, and is
> >>invisible to the ptracing parent.
> >>[...]
> >>+int set_syscall_mask(struct task_struct *child, char __user *mask,
> >>+ unsigned long len)
> >>+{
> >>+ int i, n = (NR_syscalls + 7) / 8;
> >>+ char c;
> >>+
> >>+ if(len > n){
> >>+ for(i = NR_syscalls; i < len * 8; i++){
> >>+ get_user(c, &mask[i / 8]);
> >>+ if(!(c & (1 << (i % 8)))){
> >>+ printk("Out of range syscall at %d\n", i);
> >>+ return -EINVAL;
> >>+ }
> >>+ }
> >>+
> >>+ len = n;
> >>+ }
> >
> >
> > Since it's quite likely that len > n will be true (e.g. after installing the
> > latest version of your debug tool) it would be better to silently ignore all
> > bits not within the range of NR_syscalls.
> > There is no point in flooding the console. The tracing process won't see any
> > of the non existant syscalls it requested to see anyway.
> Shouldn't 'len' better be the number of bits in the mask than the number of chars?
> Assume a syscall newly added to UML would be a candidate for processing on the host,
> but the incremented NR_syscalls still would result in the same number of bytes. Also
> assume, host doesn't yet have that new syscall. Current implementation doesn't catch
> the fact, that host can't execute that syscall.
> OTOH, I think UML shouldn't send the entire mask, but relevant part only. The missing
> end is filled with 0xff by host anyway. So it would be enough to send the mask up to the
> highest bit representing a syscall, that needs to be executed by host. (currently, that
> is __NR_gettimeofday). If UML would do so, no more problem results from UML having
> a higher NR_syscall than the host (as long as the new syscalls are to be intercepted
> and executed by UML)
> A greater problem might be a process in UML, that calls an invalid syscall number. AFAICS
> syscall number (orig_eax) isn't checked before it is used in do_syscall_trace to address
> syscall_mask. This might result in a crash.
I have a similar local patch that I've been using. I think it would be
worthwhile to have an extra bit in the bitmap that says what to do with
calls that fall outside the range [0, __NR_syscall]. That way the
ptrace monitor can decide whether it is useful to get informed of these
"bogus" calls.


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