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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 7/7] docs: Document Syscall User Dispatch
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Florian Weimer <fw@deneb.enyo.de> writes:

> * Gabriel Krisman Bertazi:
>
>> +Interface
>> +---------
>> +
>> +A process can setup this mechanism on supported kernels
>> +CONFIG_SYSCALL_USER_DISPATCH) by executing the following prctl:
>> +
>> + prctl(PR_SET_SYSCALL_USER_DISPATCH, <op>, <offset>, <length>, [selector])
>> +
>> +<op> is either PR_SYS_DISPATCH_ON or PR_SYS_DISPATCH_OFF, to enable and
>> +disable the mechanism globally for that thread. When
>> +PR_SYS_DISPATCH_OFF is used, the other fields must be zero.
>> +
>> +<offset> and <offset+length> delimit a closed memory region interval
>> +from which syscalls are always executed directly, regardless of the
>> +userspace selector. This provides a fast path for the C library, which
>> +includes the most common syscall dispatchers in the native code
>> +applications, and also provides a way for the signal handler to return
>> +without triggering a nested SIGSYS on (rt_)sigreturn. Users of this
>> +interface should make sure that at least the signal trampoline code is
>> +included in this region. In addition, for syscalls that implement the
>> +trampoline code on the vDSO, that trampoline is never intercepted.
>> +
>> +[selector] is a pointer to a char-sized region in the process memory
>> +region, that provides a quick way to enable disable syscall redirection
>> +thread-wide, without the need to invoke the kernel directly. selector
>> +can be set to PR_SYS_DISPATCH_ON or PR_SYS_DISPATCH_OFF. Any other
>> +value should terminate the program with a SIGSYS.
>
> Is this a process property or a task/thread property? The last
> paragraph says “thread-wide”, but the first paragraph says “process”.

It is per-thread, as it doesn't survive across clone/fork syscalls. I
will fix the first paragraph of this text.

--
Gabriel Krisman Bertazi

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