x86: Set resume bit before returning from breakpoint exception
Frederic Weisbecker [Thu, 24 Jun 2010 19:21:27 +0000 (21:21 +0200)]
Instruction breakpoints trigger before the instruction executes,
and returning back from the breakpoint handler brings us again
to the instruction that breakpointed. This naturally bring to
a breakpoint recursion.

To solve this, x86 has the Resume Bit trick. When the cpu flags
have the RF flag set, the next instruction won't trigger any
instruction breakpoint, and once this instruction is executed,
RF is cleared back.

This let's us jump back to the instruction that triggered the
breakpoint without recursion.

Use this when an instruction breakpoint triggers.

Signed-off-by: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com>
Cc: Will Deacon <will.deacon@arm.com>
Cc: Prasad <prasad@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Cc: Mahesh Salgaonkar <mahesh@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Cc: Paul Mackerras <paulus@samba.org>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
Cc: Jason Wessel <jason.wessel@windriver.com>


index a8f1b80..eaa6ae2 100644 (file)
@@ -466,6 +466,13 @@ static int __kprobes hw_breakpoint_handler(struct die_args *args)
                perf_bp_event(bp, args->regs);
+               /*
+                * Set up resume flag to avoid breakpoint recursion when
+                * returning back to origin.
+                */
+               if (bp->hw.info.type == X86_BREAKPOINT_EXECUTE)
+                       args->regs->flags |= X86_EFLAGS_RF;