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Date:   Sun, 31 Jan 2021 15:55:54 -0800
From:   Linus Torvalds <>
To:     Kyle Huey <>
Cc:     Andy Lutomirski <>,
        Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Andy Lutomirski <>,
        Gabriel Krisman Bertazi <>,
        open list <>,
        "Robert O'Callahan" <>
Subject: Re: [REGRESSION] x86/entry: TIF_SINGLESTEP handling is still broken

On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 3:35 PM Linus Torvalds
<> wrote:
> I wonder if the simple solution is to just
>  (a) always set one of the SYSCALL_WORK_EXIT bits on the child in
> ptrace (exactly to catch the child on system call exit)
>  (b) basically revert 299155244770 ("entry: Drop usage of TIF flags in
> the generic syscall code") and have the syscall exit code check the

Actually, (b) looks unnecessary - as long as we get to
syscall_exit_work(), the current code will work fine.

So maybe just add a dummy SYSCALL_WORK_SYSCALL_EXIT_TRAP, and set that
flag whenever a singestep is requested for a process that is currently
in a system call?

IOW, make it a very explicit "do TF for system calls", rather than the
old code that was doing so implicitly and not very obviously. Hmm?


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