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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/5] ARM64: disable irq between breakpoint and step exception
Hi Pratyush,

On 31/07/17 11:40, Pratyush Anand wrote:
> samples/hw_breakpoint/data_breakpoint.c passes with x86_64 but fails with
> ARM64. Even though it has been NAKed previously on upstream [1, 2], I have
> tried to come up with patches which can resolve it for ARM64 as well.
>
> I noticed that even perf step exception can go into an infinite loop if CPU
> receives an interrupt while executing breakpoint/watchpoint handler. So,
> event though we are not concerned about above test, we will have to find a
> solution for the perf issue.

This caught my eye as I've been reworking the order the DAIF flags get
set/cleared[0].

What causes your infinite loop? Is it single-stepping kernel_exit? If so patch 4
"arm64: entry.S mask all exceptions during kernel_exit" [1] may help.

If its more like "single stepping something we didn't expect" you will get the
same problem if we take an SError. (which with that series is unmasked ~all the
time).
Either way this looks like a new and exciting way of hitting the 'known issue'
described in patch 12 [3].


Would disabling MDSCR_EL1.SS if we took an exception solve your problem?

If so, I think we should add a new flag, 'TIF_KSINGLESTEP', causing us to
save/restore MDSCR_EL1.SS into pt_regs on el1 exceptions. This would let us
single-step without modifying the DAIF flags for the location we are stepping,
and allow taking any kind of exception from that location.

We should disable nested users of single-step, we can do that by testing the
flag, print a warning then pretend we missed the breakpoint. (hence it needs to
be separate from the user single-step flag).


Thanks,

James

[0] https://www.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg596684.html
[1] https://www.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg596686.html
[2] https://www.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg596689.html

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