[LTP] [LKP] Re: [x86/entry] 2bbc68f837: ltp.ptrace08.fail

Naresh Kamboju naresh.kamboju@linaro.org
Mon Jun 22 12:16:32 CEST 2020

On Fri, 19 Jun 2020 at 01:32, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de> wrote:
> Cyril Hrubis <chrubis@suse.cz> writes:
> > What is does is to write:
> >
> >       (void*)1 to u_debugreg[0]
> >       (void*)1 to u_debugreg[7]
> >       do_debug addr to u_debugreg[0]
> >
> > Looking at the kernel code the write to register 7 enables the breakpoints and
> > what we attempt here is to change an invalid address to a valid one after we
> > enabled the breakpoint but that's as far I can go.
> >
> > So does anyone has an idea how to trigger the bug without the do_debug function
> > address? Would any valid kernel function address suffice?
> According to https://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2018/05/01/3
> the trigger is to set the breakpoint to do_debug() and then execute
> INT1, aka. ICEBP which ends up in do_debug() ....
> In principle each kernel address is ok, but do_debug() is interesting
> due to the recursion issue because user space can reach it by executing
> INT1.
> So you might check for exc_debug() if do_debug() is not available and
> make the whole thing fail gracefully with a usefu error message.

My two cents,
LTP test case ptrace08 fails on x86_64 and i386.

ptrace08.c:62: BROK: Cannot find address of kernel symbol \"do_debug\"

This error is coming from test case setup
KERNEL_SYM = do_debug

if (strcmp(symname, KERNEL_SYM))
tst_brk(TBROK, "Cannot find address of kernel symbol \"%s\"",

Test case got pass when DEBUG_INFO config enabled


ptrace08.c:68: INFO: Kernel symbol \"do_debug\" found at 0xd8898410

Full test log,


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