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SubjectPATCH] debug: add notifier chain debugging
From: Arjan van de Ven <arjan@linux.intel.com>
Subject: [PATCH] debug: add notifier chain debugging

during some development we suspected a case where we left something
in a notifier chain that was from a module that was unloaded already...
and that sort of thing is rather hard to track down.

This patch adds a very simple sanity check (which isn't all that
expensive) to make sure the notifier we're about to call is
actually from either the kernel itself of from a still-loaded
module, avoiding a hard-to-chase-down crash.

Signed-off-by: Arjan van de Ven <arjan@linux.intel.com>
---
kernel/notifier.c | 16 ++++++++++++++++
lib/Kconfig.debug | 10 ++++++++++
2 files changed, 26 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/notifier.c b/kernel/notifier.c
index 823be11..143fdd7 100644
--- a/kernel/notifier.c
+++ b/kernel/notifier.c
@@ -21,6 +21,10 @@ BLOCKING_NOTIFIER_HEAD(reboot_notifier_list);
static int notifier_chain_register(struct notifier_block **nl,
struct notifier_block *n)
{
+ if (!kernel_text_address((unsigned long)n->notifier_call)) {
+ WARN(1, "Invalid notifier registered!");
+ return 0;
+ }
while ((*nl) != NULL) {
if (n->priority > (*nl)->priority)
break;
@@ -34,6 +38,10 @@ static int notifier_chain_register(struct notifier_block **nl,
static int notifier_chain_cond_register(struct notifier_block **nl,
struct notifier_block *n)
{
+ if (!kernel_text_address((unsigned long)n->notifier_call)) {
+ WARN(1, "Invalid notifier registered!");
+ return 0;
+ }
while ((*nl) != NULL) {
if ((*nl) == n)
return 0;
@@ -82,6 +90,14 @@ static int __kprobes notifier_call_chain(struct notifier_block **nl,

while (nb && nr_to_call) {
next_nb = rcu_dereference(nb->next);
+
+#ifdef CONFIG_DEBUG_NOTIFIERS
+ if (!kernel_text_address((unsigned long)nb->notifier_call)) {
+ WARN(1, "Invalid notifier called!");
+ nb = next_nb;
+ continue;
+ }
+#endif
ret = nb->notifier_call(nb, val, v);

if (nr_calls)
diff --git a/lib/Kconfig.debug b/lib/Kconfig.debug
index 800ac84..f4bb36e 100644
--- a/lib/Kconfig.debug
+++ b/lib/Kconfig.debug
@@ -536,6 +536,16 @@ config DEBUG_SG

If unsure, say N.

+config DEBUG_NOTIFIERS
+ bool "Debug notifier call chains"
+ depends on DEBUG_KERNEL
+ help
+ Enable this to turn on sanity checking for notifier call chains.
+ This is most useful for kernel developers to make sure that
+ modules properly unregister themselves from notifier chains.
+ This is a relatively cheap check but if you care about maximum
+ performance, say N.
+
config FRAME_POINTER
bool "Compile the kernel with frame pointers"
depends on DEBUG_KERNEL && \
--
1.5.5.1


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