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From: Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@efficios.com>
To: Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@kernel.org>
Cc: rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	linux-kernel <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>,
	Alexei Starovoitov <ast@kernel.org>, paulmck <paulmck@kernel.org>,
	"Joel Fernandes, Google" <joel@joelfernandes.org>,
	Frederic Weisbecker <frederic@kernel.org>,
	Jason Wessel <jason.wessel@windriver.com>
Subject: Re: Instrumentation and RCU
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2020 20:37:41 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <831351096.24668.1583887061530.JavaMail.zimbra@efficios.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200311091815.fce458348bb7641b60f600d9@kernel.org>

----- On Mar 10, 2020, at 8:18 PM, Masami Hiramatsu mhiramat@kernel.org wrote:
[...]
 
>> An approach where the "in_tracer" flag is tested and set by the instrumentation
>> (function tracer, kprobes, tracepoints) would work here. Let's say the beginning
>> of the int3 ISR is part of the code which is invisible to instrumentation, and
>> before we issue rcu_nmi_enter(), we handle the in_tracer flag:
>> 
>> rcu_nmi_enter();
>>  <int3>
>>     (recursion_ctx->in_tracer == false)
>>     set recursion_ctx->in_tracer = true
>>     do_int3() {
>>        rcu_nmi_enter();
>>          <int3>
>>             if (recursion_ctx->in_tracer == true)
>>                 iret
>> 
>> We can change "in_tracer" for "in_breakpoint", "in_tracepoint" and
>> "in_function_trace" if we ever want to allow different types of instrumentation
>> to nest. I'm not sure whether this is useful or not through.
> 
> Kprobes already has its own "in_kprobe" flag, and the recursion path is
> not so simple. Since the int3 replaces the original instruction, we have to
> execute the original instruction with single-step and fixup.
> 
> This means it involves do_debug() too. Thus, we can not do iret directly
> from do_int3 like above, but if recursion happens, we have no way to
> recover to origonal execution path (and call BUG()).

I think that all the code involved when hitting a breakpoint which would
be the minimal subset required to act as if the kprobe was not there in the
first place (single-step, fixup) should be hidden from kprobes
instrumentation. I suspect this is the current intent today with noprobe
annotations, but Thomas' proposal brings this a step further.

However, any other kprobe code (and tracer callbacks) beyond that
minimalistic "effect-less" kprobe could be protected by a
per-recursion-context in_kprobe flag.

> As my previous email, I showed a patch which is something like
> "bust_kprobes()" for oops path. That is not safe but no other way to escape
> from this recursion hell. (Maybe we can try to call it instead of calling
> BUG() so that the kernel can continue to run, but I'm not sure we can
> safely make the pagetable to readonly again.)

As long as we provide a minimalistic "effect-less" kprobe implementation
in a non-instrumentable section which can be used whenever we are in a
recursion scenario, I think we could achieve something recursion-free without
requiring a bust_kprobes() work-around.

Thanks,

Mathieu

-- 
Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.
http://www.efficios.com

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Thread overview: 44+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-03-09 17:02 Thomas Gleixner
2020-03-09 18:15 ` Steven Rostedt
2020-03-09 18:42   ` Joel Fernandes
2020-03-09 19:07     ` Steven Rostedt
2020-03-09 19:20       ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-16 15:02       ` Joel Fernandes
2020-03-09 18:59   ` Thomas Gleixner
2020-03-10  8:09     ` Masami Hiramatsu
2020-03-10 11:43       ` Thomas Gleixner
2020-03-10 15:31         ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-10 15:46           ` Steven Rostedt
2020-03-10 16:21             ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-11  0:18               ` Masami Hiramatsu
2020-03-11  0:37                 ` Mathieu Desnoyers [this message]
2020-03-11  7:48                   ` Masami Hiramatsu
2020-03-10 16:06         ` Masami Hiramatsu
2020-03-12 13:53         ` Peter Zijlstra
2020-03-10 15:24       ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-10 17:05       ` Daniel Thompson
2020-03-09 18:37 ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-09 18:44   ` Steven Rostedt
2020-03-09 18:52     ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-09 19:09       ` Steven Rostedt
2020-03-09 19:25         ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-09 19:52   ` Thomas Gleixner
2020-03-10 15:03     ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-10 16:48       ` Thomas Gleixner
2020-03-10 17:40         ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-10 18:31           ` Thomas Gleixner
2020-03-10 18:37             ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-10  1:40   ` Alexei Starovoitov
2020-03-10  8:02     ` Thomas Gleixner
2020-03-10 16:54     ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-03-17 17:56     ` Joel Fernandes
2020-03-09 20:18 ` Peter Zijlstra
2020-03-09 20:47 ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-03-09 20:58   ` Steven Rostedt
2020-03-09 21:25     ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-03-09 23:52   ` Frederic Weisbecker
2020-03-10  2:26     ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-03-10 15:13   ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-10 16:49     ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-03-10 17:22       ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2020-03-10 17:26         ` Paul E. McKenney

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