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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/4] pid: Export find_task_by_vpid for use in external modules
Russell King - ARM Linux <> writes:

> On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 01:39:18PM -0600, Mathieu Poirier wrote:
>> Hi Russell,
>> On 10 May 2018 at 02:40, Russell King - ARM Linux <> wrote:
>> > This does not leak information from other namespaces because of the
>> > uniqueness of the global PID. However, what it does leak is the value
>> > of the global PID which is meaningless in the namespace. So, before
>> > the event stream is delivered to userspace, this value needs to be
>> > re-written to the namespace's PID value.
>> Unfortunately that can't be done. The trace stream is compressed and
>> needs to be decompressed using an external library. I think the only
>> option is to return an error if a user is trying to use this feature
>> from a namespace.
> That sounds like a sensible approach, and that should get rid of the
> vpid stuff too.
> Eric, would this solve all your concerns?

It does, and I have given my ack to the respin.

I am moderately concerned about using the global pid with hardware. But
pids are a core abstraction that aren't going anywhere. As long as
hardware does not impose constraints on pids that software already does
not we should be fine.


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