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Subject[PATCH 4.9 28/54] usermodehelper: reset umask to default before executing user process
From: Linus Torvalds <>

commit 4013c1496c49615d90d36b9d513eee8e369778e9 upstream.

Kernel threads intentionally do CLONE_FS in order to follow any changes
that 'init' does to set up the root directory (or cwd).

It is admittedly a bit odd, but it avoids the situation where 'init'
does some extensive setup to initialize the system environment, and then
we execute a usermode helper program, and it uses the original FS setup
from boot time that may be very limited and incomplete.

[ Both Al Viro and Eric Biederman point out that 'pivot_root()' will
follow the root regardless, since it fixes up other users of root (see
chroot_fs_refs() for details), but overmounting root and doing a
chroot() would not. ]

However, Vegard Nossum noticed that the CLONE_FS not only means that we
follow the root and current working directories, it also means we share
umask with whatever init changed it to. That wasn't intentional.

Just reset umask to the original default (0022) before actually starting
the usermode helper program.

Reported-by: Vegard Nossum <>
Cc: Al Viro <>
Acked-by: Eric W. Biederman <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

kernel/kmod.c | 9 +++++++++
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

--- a/kernel/kmod.c
+++ b/kernel/kmod.c
@@ -28,6 +28,7 @@
#include <linux/cred.h>
#include <linux/file.h>
#include <linux/fdtable.h>
+#include <linux/fs_struct.h>
#include <linux/workqueue.h>
#include <linux/security.h>
#include <linux/mount.h>
@@ -223,6 +224,14 @@ static int call_usermodehelper_exec_asyn

+ * Initial kernel threads share ther FS with init, in order to
+ * get the init root directory. But we've now created a new
+ * thread that is going to execve a user process and has its own
+ * 'struct fs_struct'. Reset umask to the default.
+ */
+ current->fs->umask = 0022;
+ /*
* Our parent (unbound workqueue) runs with elevated scheduling
* priority. Avoid propagating that into the userspace child.

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