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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 2/2] signal: add procfd_signal() syscall
On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 07:45:04AM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 2:33 AM Christian Brauner <christian@brauner.io> wrote:
> >
> > The kill() syscall operates on process identifiers. After a process has
> > exited its pid can be reused by another process. If a caller sends a signal
> > to a reused pid it will end up signaling the wrong process. This issue has
> > often surfaced and there has been a push [1] to address this problem.
> >
> > A prior patch has introduced the ability to get a file descriptor
> > referencing struct pid by opening /proc/<pid>. This guarantees a stable
> > handle on a process which can be used to send signals to the referenced
> > process. Discussion has shown that a dedicated syscall is preferable over
> > ioctl()s. Thus, the new syscall procfd_signal() is introduced to solve
> > this problem. It operates on a process file descriptor.
> > The syscall takes an additional siginfo_t and flags argument. If siginfo_t
> > is NULL then procfd_signal() behaves like kill() if it is not NULL it
> > behaves like rt_sigqueueinfo.
> > The flags argument is added to allow for future extensions of this syscall.
> > It currently needs to be passed as 0.
>
> A few questions. First: you've made this work on /proc/PID, but
> should it also work on /proc/PID/task/TID to send signals to a
> specific thread?

Yeah, so I thought about that. Your point being to combine: kill(),
tgkill() aka rt_sigqueueinfo() and rt_tg_sigqueueinfo(). If I understand
this correctly the implication is to also get file descriptors to
/proc/PID/task/TID and pass them to procfd_signal()? Can we hold of on
that one? Adding this in the future should be easily doable by simply
getting /proc/PID/task/TID file descriptors but I would like this
patchset to be as small as possible.

>
> > +bool proc_is_procfd(const struct file *file)
> > +{
> > + return d_is_dir(file->f_path.dentry) &&
> > + (file->f_op == &proc_tgid_base_operations);
> > +}
>
> Maybe rename to proc_is_tgid_procfd() to leave room for proc_is_tid_procfd()?

Yes, good idea!

>
> > + if (info) {
> > + ret = __copy_siginfo_from_user(sig, &kinfo, info);
> > + if (unlikely(ret))
> > + goto err;
> > + /*
> > + * Not even root can pretend to send signals from the kernel.
> > + * Nor can they impersonate a kill()/tgkill(), which adds
> > + * source info.
> > + */
> > + ret = -EPERM;
> > + if ((kinfo.si_code >= 0 || kinfo.si_code == SI_TKILL) &&
> > + (task_pid(current) != pid))
> > + goto err;
>
> Is the exception for signaling yourself actually useful here?

I tried to strictly follow the sigqueue-based permission checks. I'm not
comfortable removing this check without signal-experts telling me that
it is safe to do.

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