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From: ebiederm@xmission.com (Eric W. Biederman)
To: Geoff Levand <geoff@infradead.org>
Cc: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@kernel.org>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>,
	Michael Ellerman <mpe@ellerman.id.au>,
	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de>
Subject: [RFC][PATCH] coredump: Document coredump code exclusively used by cell spufs
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:51:32 -0600	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <87h7pdnlzv.fsf_-_@x220.int.ebiederm.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <ed83033f-80af-5be0-ecbe-f2bf5c2075e9@infradead.org> (Geoff Levand's message of "Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:44:50 -0800")


Oleg Nesterov recently asked[1] why is there an unshare_files in
do_coredump.  After digging through all of the callers of lookup_fd it
turns out that it is
arch/powerpc/platforms/cell/spufs/coredump.c:coredump_next_context
that needs the unshare_files in do_coredump.

Looking at the history[2] this code was also the only piece of coredump code
that required the unshare_files when the unshare_files was added.

Looking at that code it turns out that cell is also the only
architecture that implements elf_coredump_extra_notes_size and
elf_coredump_extra_notes_write.

I looked at the gdb repo[3] support for cell has been removed[4] in binutils
2.34.  Geoff Levand reports he is still getting questions on how to
run modern kernels on the PS3, from people using 3rd party firmware so
this code is not dead.  According to Wikipedia the last PS3 shipped in
Japan sometime in 2017.  So it will probably be a little while before
everyone's hardware dies.

Add some comments briefly documenting the coredump code that exists
only to support cell spufs to make it easier to understand the
coredump code.  Eventually the hardware will be dead, or their won't
be userspace tools, or the coredump code will be refactored and it
will be too difficult to update a dead architecture and these comments
make it easy to tell where to pull to remove cell spufs support.

[1] https://lkml.kernel.org/r/20201123175052.GA20279@redhat.com
[2] 179e037fc137 ("do_coredump(): make sure that descriptor table isn't shared")
[3] git://sourceware.org/git/binutils-gdb.git
[4] abf516c6931a ("Remove Cell Broadband Engine debugging support").
Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com>
---

Does this change look good to people?  I think it captures this state of
things and makes things clearer without breaking anything or removing
functionality for anyone.

 fs/binfmt_elf.c | 2 ++
 fs/coredump.c   | 1 +
 2 files changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/binfmt_elf.c b/fs/binfmt_elf.c
index b6b3d052ca86..c1996f0aeaed 100644
--- a/fs/binfmt_elf.c
+++ b/fs/binfmt_elf.c
@@ -2198,6 +2198,7 @@ static int elf_core_dump(struct coredump_params *cprm)
 	{
 		size_t sz = get_note_info_size(&info);
 
+		/* For cell spufs */
 		sz += elf_coredump_extra_notes_size();
 
 		phdr4note = kmalloc(sizeof(*phdr4note), GFP_KERNEL);
@@ -2261,6 +2262,7 @@ static int elf_core_dump(struct coredump_params *cprm)
 	if (!write_note_info(&info, cprm))
 		goto end_coredump;
 
+	/* For cell spufs */
 	if (elf_coredump_extra_notes_write(cprm))
 		goto end_coredump;
 
diff --git a/fs/coredump.c b/fs/coredump.c
index abf807235262..3ff17eea812e 100644
--- a/fs/coredump.c
+++ b/fs/coredump.c
@@ -790,6 +790,7 @@ void do_coredump(const kernel_siginfo_t *siginfo)
 	}
 
 	/* get us an unshared descriptor table; almost always a no-op */
+	/* The cell spufs coredump code reads the file descriptor tables */
 	retval = unshare_files();
 	if (retval)
 		goto close_fail;
-- 
2.25.0

Eric

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-11-25 21:52 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 77+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <87r1on1v62.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org>
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 01/24] exec: Move unshare_files to fix posix file locking during exec Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:58   ` Linus Torvalds
2020-12-07 22:22   ` Al Viro
     [not found]     ` <87zh2pusdw.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org>
2020-12-07 23:35       ` Al Viro
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 02/24] exec: Simplify unshare_files Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-23 17:50   ` Oleg Nesterov
2020-11-23 18:25     ` Linus Torvalds
     [not found]       ` <87im9vx08i.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org>
     [not found]         ` <87pn42r0n7.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org>
2020-11-24 19:58           ` Linus Torvalds
2020-11-24 20:14             ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-11-24 23:44               ` Geoff Levand
2020-11-25  1:16                 ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-27 20:29                   ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-11-30 21:37                     ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-01  9:46                     ` Michael Ellerman
2020-11-25 21:51                 ` Eric W. Biederman [this message]
2020-12-02 15:20                   ` [RFC][PATCH] coredump: Document coredump code exclusively used by cell spufs Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-02 15:58                     ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-12-07 22:32       ` [PATCH v2 02/24] exec: Simplify unshare_files Al Viro
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 03/24] exec: Remove reset_files_struct Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 04/24] kcmp: In kcmp_epoll_target use fget_task Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 05/24] bpf: In bpf_task_fd_query " Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 06/24] proc/fd: In proc_fd_link " Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 07/24] file: Rename __fcheck_files to files_lookup_fd_raw Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 08/24] file: Factor files_lookup_fd_locked out of fcheck_files Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 09/24] file: Replace fcheck_files with files_lookup_fd_rcu Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-07 22:46   ` Al Viro
2020-12-07 22:49     ` Al Viro
2020-12-09 16:54       ` Al Viro
2020-12-09 17:44         ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 10/24] file: Rename fcheck lookup_fd_rcu Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 11/24] file: Implement task_lookup_fd_rcu Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-21 18:19   ` Cyrill Gorcunov
     [not found]     ` <87blfp1r8b.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org>
2020-11-22 13:52       ` Cyrill Gorcunov
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 12/24] proc/fd: In tid_fd_mode use task_lookup_fd_rcu Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 13/24] kcmp: In get_file_raw_ptr " Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-23 21:05   ` Cyrill Gorcunov
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 14/24] file: Implement task_lookup_next_fd_rcu Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 15/24] proc/fd: In proc_readfd_common use task_lookup_next_fd_rcu Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-07 23:29   ` Al Viro
     [not found]     ` <877dprvs8e.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org>
2020-12-09  4:07       ` Al Viro
     [not found]         ` <877dprtxly.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org>
2020-12-09 14:23           ` Al Viro
2020-12-09 18:04             ` [PATCH] files: rcu free files_struct Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-09 19:13               ` Linus Torvalds
2020-12-09 19:50                 ` Al Viro
2020-12-09 21:32                   ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-10  6:13                     ` Al Viro
2020-12-10 19:29                       ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-10 21:36                         ` Al Viro
2020-12-10 22:30                           ` Christian Brauner
2020-12-10 22:54                             ` Al Viro
2020-12-10 23:10                               ` Al Viro
2020-12-09 21:42                   ` [PATCH -1/24] exec: Don't open code get_close_on_exec Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-09 22:04                 ` [PATCH] files: rcu free files_struct Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-09 19:49               ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-12-09 22:06                 ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-12-09 22:58                 ` Al Viro
2020-12-09 23:01                   ` Linus Torvalds
2020-12-09 23:04                     ` Linus Torvalds
2020-12-09 23:07                     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-12-09 23:26                       ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-12-09 23:29                       ` Linus Torvalds
2020-12-10  0:39                         ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-12-10  0:41                           ` Linus Torvalds
2020-12-10  0:57                             ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 16/24] bpf/task_iter: In task_file_seq_get_next use task_lookup_next_fd_rcu Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-23 17:06   ` Yonghong Song
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 17/24] proc/fd: In fdinfo seq_show don't use get_files_struct Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 18/24] file: Merge __fd_install into fd_install Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 19/24] file: In f_dupfd read RLIMIT_NOFILE once Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 20/24] file: Merge __alloc_fd into alloc_fd Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 21/24] file: Rename __close_fd to close_fd and remove the files parameter Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 22/24] file: Replace ksys_close with close_fd Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 23/24] file: Rename __close_fd_get_file close_fd_get_file Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-20 23:14 ` [PATCH v2 24/24] file: Remove get_files_struct Eric W. Biederman
2020-11-21  0:05 ` [PATCH v2 00/24] exec: Move unshare_files and guarantee files_struct.count is correct Linus Torvalds
2020-11-28  5:12   ` Al Viro
2020-12-07 23:56     ` Al Viro

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