Re: Bug: Tracing recursive system calls

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Nate Eldredge June 9, 1999, 1:10 a.m. UTC
Alan Cox wrote:
> > syscall_trace is in the fast path?!?  It only gets called when a process
> > is being traced, and nobody expects traced processes to run extremely
> > fast, do they?
> Fast path for tracing syscalls. It would be nice to avoid a check every
> trace is what I mean.
> > The problem isn't that the child thread is traced, it's that the `clone'
> > call itself from `kernel_thread' is traced.  So one would have to clear
> > the flag and then reset it in the parent.
> Ok
> > Besides, this doesn't suffice.  There are other places in the kernel
> > that make system calls (there's a `waitpid' in `request_module' for
> > instance).  We would need to find and change all of these and institute
> > a rule for the future, or else change the inline asm definitions in
> > asm/unistd.h.  Either seems a lot more complex.
> Good point. My solution is simple elegant and wrong.

Then here is a patch.  It is against 2.2.10pre2, but I suspect it will
apply to other versions.  I make no claim for its elegance, etc, but it
works for me.  If anyone thinks of a better one, that would be nice.

The other arches should probably adopt similar changes.  I don't know
enough about anything but Intel to do it.


--- arch/i386/kernel/ptrace.c.bak       Mon Jun  7 13:37:01 1999
+++ arch/i386/kernel/ptrace.c   Tue Jun  8 17:51:36 1999
@@ -675,11 +675,14 @@ 
        return ret;
-asmlinkage void syscall_trace(void)
+asmlinkage void syscall_trace(int unused)
+       struct pt_regs *regs = (struct pt_regs *) &unused;
        if ((current->flags & (PF_PTRACED|PF_TRACESYS))
                        != (PF_PTRACED|PF_TRACESYS))
+       if (!user_mode(regs))
+               return; /* Don't trace the kernel's syscalls */
        current->exit_code = SIGTRAP;
        current->state = TASK_STOPPED;
        notify_parent(current, SIGCHLD);