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Date:   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:49:26 -0500
From:   Steven Rostedt <>
To:     Masami Hiramatsu <>
Cc:     Linus Torvalds <>,
        Andy Lutomirski <>,
        Linux List Kernel Mailing <>,
        Ingo Molnar <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        stable <>,
        Changbin Du <>,
        Jann Horn <>,
        Kees Cook <>,
        Andy Lutomirski <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2 v2] kprobe: Do not use uaccess functions to access
 kernel memory that can fault

On Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:10:19 +0900
Masami Hiramatsu <> wrote:

> Let me ensure what you want. So you want to access a "string" in user-space,
> not a data structure? In that case, it is very easy to me. It is enough to
> add a "ustring" type to kprobe events. For example, do_sys_opsn's path 
> variable is one example. That will be +0(+0(%si)):ustring, and fetcher
> finally copy the string using strncpy_from_user() instead of 
> strncpy_from_unsafe(). (*)

ustring would be good.

> But if you consider to access a field in a data-structure in user space,
> it might need some more work (E.g. ioctl's parameter), becase if the __user
> pointer to the data structure is on the memory, we have to dereference 
> the address inside kernel using probe_kernel_read(), but after getting 
> the data strucutre address, we have to dereference the address with copy_from_user().
> At this moment, we have no such strong syntax... 
> To solve that, maybe we need to introduce something like "back reference"
> of arguments in the event, e.g.
> p somewhere user_data=+0(%si) field_val=+8(\user_data):u32:user
> or
> p somewhere +0(%si) field_val=+8(\1):u32:user
> This ":user" additional suffix tells kprobe events to change fetching method 
> to fetch the data by copy_from_user().

What about just adding 'u' to the end of the offset? Say you have a
data structure in kernel space that has a field in user space you want
to reference?


Although, I would say having ways to access current parameters may also
be a nice touch ;-)

-- Steve

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