Commit d00c7b99 authored by David Howells's avatar David Howells Committed by Linus Torvalds
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[PATCH] NOMMU: Permit ptrace to ignore non-PROT_WRITE VMAs in NOMMU mode

Permit ptrace to modify a section that's non-shared but is marked
unwritable, such as is obtained by mapping the text segment of an ELF-FDPIC
executable binary with into a binary that's being ptraced[*].

[*] Under NOMMU conditions ptrace causes read-only MAP_PRIVATE mmaps to become
    totally private copies because if a private mapping was actually shared
    then the debugging setting breakpoints in it would potentially crash
    other processes.

This is done by using the VM_MAYWRITE flag rather than the VM_WRITE flag
when deciding whether to permit a write.

Without this patch a debugger can't set breakpoints in the mapped text
sections of executables that are mapped read-only private, even if the
mmap() syscall has taken a private copy because PT_PTRACED is set.

In addition, VM_MAYREAD is used instead of VM_READ for similar reasons.
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid Howells <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 7b4d5b8b
......@@ -1258,9 +1258,9 @@ int access_process_vm(struct task_struct *tsk, unsigned long addr, void *buf, in
len = vma->vm_end - addr;
/* only read or write mappings where it is permitted */
if (write && vma->vm_flags & VM_WRITE)
if (write && vma->vm_flags & VM_MAYWRITE)
len -= copy_to_user((void *) addr, buf, len);
else if (!write && vma->vm_flags & VM_READ)
else if (!write && vma->vm_flags & VM_MAYREAD)
len -= copy_from_user(buf, (void *) addr, len);
len = 0;
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