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Subject[PATCH] arm64: ptrace: Fix PTRACE_SINGLESTEP into signal handler
Executing PTRACE_SINGLESTEP at a signal stop is special. It
is supposed to step merely the signal setup work that the
kernel does, but not any instructions in user space. Since
not all architectures have the ability to generate a
single-step exception directly upon return from user-space,
there is a generic pseudo-single-step-stop that may be used
for this purpose (tracehook_signal_handler). Now, arm64 does
have the ability to generate single-step exceptions directly
upon return to userspace and was using this capability (rather
than the generic pseudo-trap) to obtain a similar effect. However,
there is actually a subtle difference that becomes noticeable
when the signal handler in question attempts to block SIGTRAP
(either because it is set in sa_mask, or because it is a handler
for SIGTRAP itself and SA_NODEFER is not set). In such a
situation, a real single step exception will cause the SIGTRAP
signal to be forcibly unblocked and the signal disposition
to be reset to SIG_DFL. The generic pseudo-single-step does
not suffer from this problem, because the SIGTRAP it delivers
is not real. The arm64 behavior is problematic, because a forced
reset of the signal disposition can be quite disruptive to the
userspace program. This patch brings the arm64 behavior in line
with the other major architectures by using the generic
pseudo-single-step-stop, avoiding the problematic interaction
with SIGTRAP masks.

Fixes: 2c020ed8 ("arm64: Signal handling support")
Signed-off-by: Keno Fischer <keno@juliacomputing.com>
---
arch/arm64/kernel/signal.c | 9 +--------
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/kernel/signal.c b/arch/arm64/kernel/signal.c
index 339882db5a91..cf237ee9443b 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/kernel/signal.c
+++ b/arch/arm64/kernel/signal.c
@@ -808,14 +808,7 @@ static void handle_signal(struct ksignal *ksig, struct pt_regs *regs)
*/
ret |= !valid_user_regs(&regs->user_regs, current);

- /*
- * Fast forward the stepping logic so we step into the signal
- * handler.
- */
- if (!ret)
- user_fastforward_single_step(tsk);
-
- signal_setup_done(ret, ksig, 0);
+ signal_setup_done(ret, ksig, test_thread_flag(TIF_SINGLESTEP));
}

/*
--
2.25.1
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