Al Viro viro at ZenIV.linux.org.uk
Mon Mar 26 14:47:50 AEDT 2018

On Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 01:40:17AM +0100, Al Viro wrote:

> Kinda-sorta part:
> 	* asmlinkage_protect is taken out for now, so m68k has problems.
> 	* syscalls that run out of 6 slots barf violently.  For mips it's
> wrong (there we have 8 slots); for stuff like arm and ppc it's right, but
> it means that things like e.g. compat sync_file_range() should not even
> be compiled on those.  __ARCH_WANT_SYS_SYNC_FILE_RANGE, presumably...
> In any case, we *can't* do pt_regs-based wrappers for those syscalls on
> such architectures, so ifdefs around those puppies are probably the right
> thing to do.
> 	* s390 macrology in compat_wrapper.c not even touched; it needs
> a trivial update to keep working (__MAP callbacks take an extra argument,
> unused for those users).
> 	* sys_... and compat_sys_... aliases are unchanged; if we kill
> direct callers, we can trivially rename SyS##name and compat_SyS##name
> to sys##name and compat_sys##name and get rid of aliases.

	* mips n32 and x86 x32 can become an extra source of headache.
That actually applies to any plans of passing struct pt_regs *.  As it
is, e.g. syscall 515 on amd64 is compat_sys_readv().  Dispatched via
         * NB: Native and x32 syscalls are dispatched from the same
         * table.  The only functional difference is the x32 bit in
         * regs->orig_ax, which changes the behavior of some syscalls.
        if (likely((nr & __SYSCALL_MASK) < NR_syscalls)) {
                nr = array_index_nospec(nr & __SYSCALL_MASK, NR_syscalls);
                regs->ax = sys_call_table[nr](
                        regs->di, regs->si, regs->dx,
                        regs->r10, regs->r8, regs->r9);
Now, syscall 145 via 32bit call is *also* compat_sys_readv(), dispatched
                nr = array_index_nospec(nr, IA32_NR_syscalls);
                 * It's possible that a 32-bit syscall implementation
                 * takes a 64-bit parameter but nonetheless assumes that
                 * the high bits are zero.  Make sure we zero-extend all
                 * of the args.
                regs->ax = ia32_sys_call_table[nr](
                        (unsigned int)regs->bx, (unsigned int)regs->cx,
                        (unsigned int)regs->dx, (unsigned int)regs->si,
                        (unsigned int)regs->di, (unsigned int)regs->bp);
Right now it works - we call the same function, passing it arguments picked
from different set of registers (di/si/dx in x32 case, bx/cx/dx in i386 one).
But if we switch to passing struct pt_regs * and have the wrapper fetch
regs->{bx,cx,dx}, we have a problem.  It won't work for both entry points.

IMO it's a good reason to have dispatcher(s) handle extraction from pt_regs
and let the wrapper deal with the resulting 6 u64 or 6 u32, normalizing
them and arranging them into arguments expected by syscall body.

Linus, Dominik - how do you plan dealing with that fun?  Regardless of the
way we generate the glue, the issue remains.  We can't get the same
struct pt_regs *-taking function for both; we either need to produce
a separate chunk of glue for each compat_sys_... involved (either making
COMPAT_SYSCALL_DEFINE generate both, or having duplicate X32_SYSCALL_DEFINE
for each of those COMPAT_SYSCALL_DEFINE - with identical body, at that)
or we need to have the registers-to-slots mapping done in dispatcher...

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