On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 08:51:50PM +0300, Konstantin Belousov wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:05:02AM -0700, Mark Johnston wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 08:57:53AM +0300, Konstantin Belousov wrote:
> > I suppose it is not strictly incorrect. I find it surprising that a
> > PT_ATTACH followed by a PT_DETACH may leave the process in a different
> > state than it was in before the attach. This means that it is not
> > possible to gcore a process without potentially leaving it stopped, for
> > instance. This result may occur in a single-threaded process
> > as well, since a signal may already be queued when the PT_ATTACH handler
> > sends SIGSTOP.
> I still miss somethine.  Isn't this an expected outcome from sending a
> signal with STOP action ?

It is. But I also expect a PT_DETACH operation to resume a stopped
process, assuming that a second SIGSTOP was not posted while the
process was suspended.

> > Indeed, I somehow missed that. I had assumed that the leaked TDB_XSIG
> > represented a bug in ptracestop().
> It could, I did not made any statements that deny the bug:

To be clear, the root of my issue comes from the following: the SIGSTOP
from PT_ATTACH may be handled concurrently with a second signal
delivered to a second thread in the same process. Then, the resulting
behaviour depends on the order in which the recipient threads suspend in
ptracestop(). If the thread that received SIGSTOP suspends last, its
td_xsig will be overwritten with the userland-provided value in the
PT_DETACH handler. If it suspends first, its td_xsig will be preserved,
and upon PT_DETACH the process will be suspended again in issignal().

I'm not sure if this is considered a bug. ptracestop() is handling all
signals (including the SIGSTOP generated by the PT_ATTACH handler) in a
consistent way, but this results in inconsistent behaviour from the
perspective of a ptrace(2) consumer.

> > > > Moreover, in my scenario I see a thread with TDB_XSIG set even after
> > > > ptrace(PT_DETACH) was called (P_TRACED is cleared).
> > > This is interesting, we indeed do not clear the flag consistently.
> > > But again, the only consequence seems to be a possible invalid reporting
> > > of events.
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