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SubjectRe: [PATCHv2] exec: Fix a deadlock in ptrace
Bernd Edlinger <> writes:

> On 3/2/20 5:17 PM, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Bernd Edlinger <> writes:
>>> On 3/2/20 4:57 PM, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>>>> Bernd Edlinger <> writes:
>>>>> I tried this with s/EACCESS/EACCES/.
>>>>> The test case in this patch is not fixed, but strace does not freeze,
>>>>> at least with my setup where it did freeze repeatable.
>>>> Thanks, That is what I was aiming at.
>>>> So we have one method we can pursue to fix this in practice.
>>>>> That is
>>>>> obviously because it bypasses the cred_guard_mutex. But all other
>>>>> process that access this file still freeze, and cannot be
>>>>> interrupted except with kill -9.
>>>>> However that smells like a denial of service, that this
>>>>> simple test case which can be executed by guest, creates a /proc/$pid/mem
>>>>> that freezes any process, even root, when it looks at it.
>>>>> I mean: "ln -s README /proc/$pid/mem" would be a nice bomb.
>>>> Yes. Your the test case in your patch a variant of the original
>>>> problem.
>>>> I have been staring at this trying to understand the fundamentals of the
>>>> original deeper problem.
>>>> The current scope of cred_guard_mutex in exec is because being ptraced
>>>> causes suid exec to act differently. So we need to know early if we are
>>>> ptraced.
>>> It has a second use, that it prevents two threads entering execve,
>>> which would probably result in disaster.
>> Exec can fail with an error code up until de_thread. de_thread causes
>> exec to fail with the error code -EAGAIN for the second thread to get
>> into de_thread.
>> So no. The cred_guard_mutex is not needed for that case at all.
> Okay, but that will reset current->in_execve, right?


The error handling kicks in and exec_binprm fails with a negative
return code. Then __do_excve_file cleans up and clears


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