Re: Compat 32-bit syscall entry from 64-bit task!?

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Mon Feb 06 2012 - 15:46:20 EST

On 02/06/2012 12:39 PM, Roland McGrath wrote:
On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM, H. Peter Anvin<hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
What is needed to make a regset variable-sized? Just declaring that it
may change in size in the future, or does one need a length field at the
top (I would personally have expected that both notes and ptrace would
have out-of-band methods for getting the size?)

ELF notes do have a size field, so core files are self-explanatory. There
is no ptrace interface to directly interrogate the regset details (one
could be added). But the PTRACE_GETREGSET interface is to accept an upper
bound and yield the actual size filled in (which might be less than the
regset's size if the user-supplied buffer was smaller). So in practice, a
caller can just use a buffer that's sure to be large enough, and then look
at iov_len for the actual size delivered. (And nobody has yet complained
about this for xstate, though that might just be that nobody is really
using it.)

That should be fine, since you'd just set it to the size of the fields that you know about, and if there are additional fields that you don't know about, you logically don't care about them. If you want to dump the full set of data you'd just read until you get a short read... like if you were reading a regular file.


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