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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/5] uprobes: Change uprobe_copy_process() to dup xol_area
* Oleg Nesterov <> [2013-10-13 21:18:44]:

> This finally fixes the serious bug in uretprobes: a forked child
> crashes if the parent called fork() with the pending ret probe.
> Trivial test-case:
> # perf probe -x /lib/ __fork%return
> # perf record -e probe_libc:__fork perl -le 'fork || print "OK"'
> (the child doesn't print "OK", it is killed by SIGSEGV)
> If the child returns from the probed function it actually returns
> to trampoline_vaddr, because it got the copy of parent's stack
> mangled by prepare_uretprobe() when the parent entered this func.
> It crashes because a) this address is not mapped and b) until the
> previous change it doesn't have the proper->return_instances info.
> This means that uprobe_copy_process() has to create xol_area which
> has the trampoline slot, and its vaddr should be equal to parent's
> xol_area->vaddr.
> Unfortunately, uprobe_copy_process() can not simply do
> __create_xol_area(child, xol_area->vaddr). This could actually work
> but perf_event_mmap() doesn't expect the usage of foreign ->mm. So
> we offload this to task_work_run(), and pass the argument via not
> yet used utask->vaddr.
> We know that this vaddr is fine for install_special_mapping(), the
> necessary hole was recently "created" by dup_mmap() which skips the
> parent's VM_DONTCOPY area, and nobody else could use the new mm.

I was actually thinking if we can remove the VM_DONTCOPY from
install_special_mapping, But there are obvious issues with that approach
+ lot more house keeping. So your approach is much much better.

> Unfortunately, this also means that we can not handle the errors
> properly, we obviously can not abort the already completed fork().
> So we simply print the warning if GFP_KERNEL allocation (the only
> possible reason) fails.
> Cc: # 3.9+
> Reported-by: Martin Cermak <>
> Reported-by: David Smith <>
> Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <>

Acked-by: Srikar Dronamraju <>

Thanks and Regards
Srikar Dronamraju

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