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From: Alexei Starovoitov <alexei.starovoitov@gmail.com>
To: Andrii Nakryiko <andrii.nakryiko@gmail.com>
Cc: Kenny Yu <kennyyu@fb.com>, Andrii Nakryiko <andrii@kernel.org>,
	Alexei Starovoitov <ast@kernel.org>, bpf <bpf@vger.kernel.org>,
	Daniel Borkmann <daniel@iogearbox.net>,
	Gabriele <phoenix1987@gmail.com>, Yonghong Song <yhs@fb.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 bpf-next 1/3] bpf: Add bpf_access_process_vm() helper
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 18:27:59 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAADnVQL-85q36gRvMGocXMLNk4WjDa_Xpi8Y9ZQS+qYLhF8E+A@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAEf4BzbEqSh36mFsrwtMYD6c-=LcJ3XbJsEa1ZatLdWkB+3mtQ@mail.gmail.com>

On Thu, Jan 20, 2022 at 2:46 PM Andrii Nakryiko
<andrii.nakryiko@gmail.com> wrote:
a
> > + *             wrapper of **access_process_vm**\ ().
> > + *     Return
> > + *             The number of bytes written to the buffer, or a negative error
> > + *             in case of failure.
>
> wait, can it read less than *size* and return success?
>
> bpf_probe_read_kernel() returns:
>
> 0 on success, or a negative error in case of failure.
>
> Let's be consistent. Returning the number of read bytes makes more
> sense in cases when we don't know the amount of bytes to be actually
> read ahead of time (e.g., when reading zero-terminated strings).
>
> BTW, should we also add a C string reading helper as well, just like
> there is bpf_probe_read_user_str() and bpf_probe_read_user()?

That would be difficult. There is no suitable kernel api for that.

> Another thing, I think it's important to mention that this helper can
> be used only from sleepable BPF programs.
>
> And not to start the bikeshedding session, but we have
> bpf_copy_from_user(), wouldn't something like
> bpf_copy_from_user_{vm,process,remote}() be more in line and less
> surprising for BPF users. BTW, "access" implies writing just as much
> as reading, so using "access" in the sense of "read" seems wrong and
> confusing.

How about bpf_copy_from_user_task() ?
The task is the second to last argument, so the name fits ?
Especially if we call it this way it would be best to align
return codes with bpf_copy_from_user.
Adding memset() in case of failure is mandatory too.
I've missed this bit earlier.

The question is to decide what to do with
ret > 0 && ret < size condition.
Is it a failure and we should memset() the whole buffer and
return -EFAULT or memset only the leftover bytes and return 0?
I think the former is best to align with bpf_copy_from_user.

  reply	other threads:[~2022-01-21  2:28 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 62+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-13 23:31 [PATCH bpf-next 0/3] Add bpf_access_process_vm helper and sleepable bpf iterator programs Kenny Yu
2022-01-13 23:31 ` [PATCH bpf-next 1/3] bpf: Add bpf_access_process_vm() helper Kenny Yu
2022-01-13 23:31 ` [PATCH bpf-next 2/3] libbpf: Add "iter.s" section for sleepable bpf iterator programs Kenny Yu
2022-01-13 23:31 ` [PATCH bpf-next 3/3] selftests/bpf: Add test " Kenny Yu
2022-01-14  0:48 ` [PATCH v2 bpf-next 0/4] Add bpf_access_process_vm helper and " Kenny Yu
2022-01-14  0:48   ` [PATCH v2 bpf-next 1/4] bpf: Add bpf_access_process_vm() helper Kenny Yu
2022-01-14  0:48   ` [PATCH v2 bpf-next 2/4] bpf: Add support for sleepable programs in bpf_iter_run_prog Kenny Yu
2022-01-14  2:50     ` Alexei Starovoitov
2022-01-14 23:15       ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-14  0:48   ` [PATCH v2 bpf-next 3/4] libbpf: Add "iter.s" section for sleepable bpf iterator programs Kenny Yu
2022-01-14  0:49   ` [PATCH v2 bpf-next 4/4] selftests/bpf: Add test " Kenny Yu
2022-01-14  2:39     ` Alexei Starovoitov
2022-01-14 23:14       ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-15  1:38         ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-15  4:30           ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-15 16:27           ` Gabriele
2022-01-19 16:56             ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 18:02 ` [PATCH v3 bpf-next 0/3] Add bpf_access_process_vm helper and " Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 18:02   ` [PATCH v3 bpf-next 1/3] bpf: Add bpf_access_process_vm() helper Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 20:16     ` Alexei Starovoitov
2022-01-19 22:51       ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 18:02   ` [PATCH v3 bpf-next 2/3] libbpf: Add "iter.s" section for sleepable bpf iterator programs Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 18:02   ` [PATCH v3 bpf-next 3/3] selftests/bpf: Add test " Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 22:59 ` [PATCH v4 bpf-next 0/3] Add bpf_access_process_vm helper and " Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 22:59   ` [PATCH v4 bpf-next 1/3] bpf: Add bpf_access_process_vm() helper Kenny Yu
2022-01-20  3:45     ` Yonghong Song
2022-01-20 17:11       ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 22:59   ` [PATCH v4 bpf-next 2/3] libbpf: Add "iter.s" section for sleepable bpf iterator programs Kenny Yu
2022-01-19 22:59   ` [PATCH v4 bpf-next 3/3] selftests/bpf: Add test " Kenny Yu
2022-01-20 17:29 ` [PATCH v5 bpf-next 0/3] Add bpf_access_process_vm helper and " Kenny Yu
2022-01-20 17:29   ` [PATCH v5 bpf-next 1/3] bpf: Add bpf_access_process_vm() helper Kenny Yu
2022-01-20 22:45     ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-21  2:27       ` Alexei Starovoitov [this message]
2022-01-21 17:20         ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-21 17:41           ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-21 17:47             ` Alexei Starovoitov
2022-01-21 18:30               ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-20 17:29   ` [PATCH v5 bpf-next 2/3] libbpf: Add "iter.s" section for sleepable bpf iterator programs Kenny Yu
2022-01-20 17:29   ` [PATCH v5 bpf-next 3/3] selftests/bpf: Add test " Kenny Yu
2022-01-20 22:48     ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-21 19:30 ` [PATCH v6 bpf-next 0/3] Add bpf_copy_from_user_task helper and " Kenny Yu
2022-01-21 19:30   ` [PATCH v6 bpf-next 1/3] bpf: Add bpf_copy_from_user_task() helper Kenny Yu
2022-01-21 19:53     ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-21 20:04       ` Yonghong Song
2022-01-21 20:07         ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-21 21:15           ` Yonghong Song
2022-01-24 17:30             ` Kenny Yu
2022-01-22  9:58       ` Gabriele
2022-01-22 10:08         ` Gabriele
2022-01-21 19:30   ` [PATCH v6 bpf-next 2/3] libbpf: Add "iter.s" section for sleepable bpf iterator programs Kenny Yu
2022-01-21 19:54     ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-21 19:30   ` [PATCH v6 bpf-next 3/3] selftests/bpf: Add test " Kenny Yu
2022-01-21 19:55     ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-24 18:53 ` [PATCH v7 bpf-next 0/4] Add bpf_copy_from_user_task helper and " Kenny Yu
2022-01-24 18:54   ` [PATCH v7 bpf-next 1/4] bpf: Add support for bpf iterator programs to use sleepable helpers Kenny Yu
2022-01-24 22:19     ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-24 18:54   ` [PATCH v7 bpf-next 2/4] bpf: Add bpf_copy_from_user_task() helper Kenny Yu
2022-01-24 22:18     ` Andrii Nakryiko
2022-01-25  4:06       ` Alexei Starovoitov
2022-01-24 18:54   ` [PATCH v7 bpf-next 3/4] libbpf: Add "iter.s" section for sleepable bpf iterator programs Kenny Yu
2022-01-24 18:54   ` [PATCH v7 bpf-next 4/4] selftests/bpf: Add test " Kenny Yu
2022-01-25  4:10   ` [PATCH v7 bpf-next 0/4] Add bpf_copy_from_user_task helper and " patchwork-bot+netdevbpf

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