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SubjectRe: [RFC] ptrace: add generic SET_SYSCALL request
On Fri, Nov 07, 2014 at 09:30:53AM +0000, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Friday 07 November 2014 16:47:23 AKASHI Takahiro wrote:
> > This patch adds a new generic ptrace request, PTRACE_SET_SYSCALL.
> > It can be used to change a system call number as follows:
> > ret = ptrace(pid, PTRACE_SET_SYSCALL, null, new_syscall_no);
> > 'new_syscall_no' can be -1 to skip this system call, you need to modify
> > a register's value, in arch-specific way, as return value though.
> >
> > Please note that we can't define PTRACE_SET_SYSCALL macro in
> > uapi/linux/ptrace.h partly because its value on arm, 23, is used as another
> > request on sparc.
> >
> > This patch also contains an example of change on arch side, arm.
> > Only syscall_set_nr() is required to be defined in asm/syscall.h.
> >
> > Currently only arm has this request, while arm64 would also have it
> > once my patch series of seccomp for arm64 is merged. It will also be
> > usable for most of other arches.
> > See the discussions in lak-ml:
> >
> >
> > Signed-off-by: AKASHI Takahiro <>
> >
> Can you describe why you are moving the implementation? Is this a feature
> that we want to have on all architectures in the future? As you say,
> only arm32 implements is at the moment.

We need this for arm64 and, since all architectures seem to have a mechanism
for setting a system call via ptrace, moving it to generic code should make
sense for new architectures too, no?

We don't have any arch-specific ptrace requests on arm64, so it would be
a shame if we had to add one now, especially since there's nothing
conceptually arch-specific about setting a syscall number.


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