[PATCH 2/2] [POWERPC] uprobes: powerpc port

Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli ananth at in.ibm.com
Fri Jun 8 14:36:05 EST 2012

On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 at 11:08:04AM -0700, Jim Keniston wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-06-06 at 15:05 +0530, Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 at 11:27:02AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2012-06-06 at 14:51 +0530, Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli wrote:


> > For the kernel, the only ones that are off limits are rfi (return from
> > interrupt), mtmsr (move to msr). All other instructions can be probed.
> > 
> > Both those instructions are supervisor level, so we won't see them in
> > userspace at all; so we should be able to probe all user level
> > instructions.
> Presumably rfi or mtmsr could show up in the instruction stream via an
> erroneous or mischievous asm statement.  It'd be good to verify that you
> handle that gracefully.

That'd be flagged elsewhere, by the architecture itself -- you'd get a
privileged instruciton exception if you try execute any instruction not
part of the UISA. I therefore don't think its a necessary check in the
uprobes code.


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