Re: [PATCH] x86: make PTRACE_GETREGSET return 32-bit regs if 64-bitprocess entered kernel with int 80

From: Cyrill Gorcunov
Date: Thu Feb 14 2013 - 15:55:31 EST

On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:21:12AM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 02/14/2013 11:18 AM, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > On 02/14, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> >>
> >> On 02/14/2013 07:00 AM, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >>> On 02/14, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> Determining personality of a ptraced process is a murky area.
> >>>> On x86, for years strace was looking at segment selectors,
> >>>> which is conceptually wrong: see, for example,
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>
> >> One proposal that keeps being on the table is to export a regset with
> >> metadatam, including process mode at launch (i386, x86-64, x32).
> >
> > Yes... but if this metadata includes TS_COMPAT-is-set, then strace should
> > time. Or REGSET_META should include META+GENERAL.
> >
> > IOW, it is not clear to me what this "meta" should actually report.
> That is one of the things that needs to be nailed down. In particular,
> what are the things people need.

Indeed, having some "official" way for compat bit retrieval would be
a great thing for us (c/r camp) since we've just met the same problem.
And at moment I sticked for the same trick as gdb does (cs/ds test).

But, guys, if only I'm not missing something completely obvious,
can't we simply provide task-compat bit to userspace in say /proc/pid/stat
or something? Then the strace/gdb would be able to always know if
the tracee is actually in compat mode. Or I miss something fundamental
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