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SubjectRe: [PATCH linux-next] mqueue: fix IPC namespace use-after-free
Al Viro <viro@ZenIV.linux.org.uk> writes:

> On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 03:49:24PM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> > what would you be delaying? kmem_cache_alloc() for struct mount and assignments
>> > to its fields? That's noise; if anything, I would expect the main cost with
>> > a plenty of containers to be in sget() scanning the list of mqueue superblocks.
>> > And we can get rid of that, while we are at it - to hell with mount_ns(), with
>> > that approach we can just use mount_nodev() instead. The logics in
>> > mq_internal_mount() will deal with multiple instances - if somebody has already
>> > triggered creation of internal mount, all subsequent calls in that ipcns will
>> > end up avoiding kern_mount_data() entirely. And if you have two callers
>> > racing - sure, you will get two superblocks. Not for long, though - the first
>> > one to get to setting ->mq_mnt (serialized on mq_lock) wins, the second loses
>> > and prompty destroys his vfsmount and superblock. I seriously suspect that
>> > variant below would cut down on the cost a whole lot more - as it is, we have
>> > the total of O(N^2) spent in the loop inside of sget_userns() when we create
>> > N ipcns and mount in each of those; this patch should cut that to
>> > O(N)...
>>
>> If that is where the cost is, is there any point in delaying creating
>> the internal mount at all?
>
> We won't know without the profiles... Incidentally, is there any point in
> using mount_ns() for procfs? Similar scheme (with ->proc_mnt instead of
> ->mq_mnt, of course) would live with mount_nodev() just fine, and it's
> definitely less costly - we don't bother with the loop in sget_userns()
> at all that way.

The mechanism of mqueuefs and proc are different for dealing with a
filesystem that continues to be mounted/referenced after the namespace
exists.

Proc actually takes a reference on the pid namespace so it is easier to
work with. pid_ns_prepare_proc and and pid_ns_release_proc are the
namespace side of that dependency.

So yes we could look at a local cache in the namespace and all
would be well for proc. I don't know what we would use for locking when
we start allowing more that one path to set it.
atmoic_cmpxchg(&proc_mnt, NULL)?

That makes me suspect we could have a common helper that does the work.

I do know that the reason I moved proc to mount_ns is that it had simply
been open coding that function.

Eric

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