[lldb-dev] Accessing only specific words in guest memory

Andrew Baumann via lldb-dev lldb-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Jun 21 11:51:00 PDT 2018

Thanks! Disabling the cache worked.

Curiously, setting the line size seems to have no effect – it defaults to 512 (words, bytes, ...?), and still tries to read a page of guest memory regardless of how small I set it.


From: jingham at apple.com <jingham at apple.com> on behalf of Jim Ingham <jingham at apple.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:32:03 AM
To: Andrew Baumann
Cc: lldb-dev at lists.llvm.org
Subject: Re: [lldb-dev] Accessing only specific words in guest memory

By default, lldb uses a memory cache to avoid making lots of tiny memory requests, which tends to be inefficient especially when talking to a remote device.  You can turn this off with the "target.process.disable-memory-cache" setting.

You can also adjust the cache page size with "target.process.memory-cache-line-size".

We don't yet have a memory map command to tell us what regions to read and not to read.  So if you try to actually print the structure (with "frame var" or "expr") we will grab the whole thing.  But turning off the cache should allow you to avoid the disallowed regions manually.


> On Jun 21, 2018, at 11:20 AM, Andrew Baumann via lldb-dev <lldb-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I’m trying to use lldb 6.0 on Linux to debug a process that has an SGX enclave inside it. One of the data structures there (the “TCS”) only permits access to certain fields. The problem is that when I try to access those fields in LLDB, it tries to read an entire page of memory from the guest, even if I only wanted to read one word. It then fails the operation when access to later parts of the page fails.
> e.g., this LLDB command:
> (lldb) x/1g 0x200005000
> error: memory read failed for 0x200005000
> Triggered this series of failures in the lldb-server process:
> read(7, "$x200005000,200#ed", 8192)     = 18
> gettid()                                = 18169
> process_vm_readv(18174, [{iov_base=0x556a00151cf0, iov_len=512}], 1, [{iov_base=0x200005000, iov_len=512}], 1, 0) = -1 EFAULT (Bad address)
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005000, [NULL]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005008, [NULL]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005010, [0xd000]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005018, [0x300000001]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005020, [0x1d950]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005028, [0x3fffc00be750]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005030, [0xa000]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005038, [0xb000]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005040, [0xffffffffffffffff]) = 0
> ptrace(PTRACE_PEEKDATA, 18174, 0x200005048, 0x7ffc96125858) = -1 EIO (Input/output error)
> write(7, "$E08#ad", 7)                  = 7
> How can I convince lldb to access just the words I asked it for?
> Thanks,
> Andrew
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