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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] Please pull proc and exec work for 5.7-rc1
On 4/8/20 5:14 PM, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Linus Torvalds <> writes:
>> On Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 3:20 PM Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
>>> But fundamentally the only reason we need this information stable
>>> before the point of no return is so that we can return a nice error
>>> code to the process calling exec. Instead of terminating the
>>> process with SIGSEGV.
>> I'd suggest doing it the other way around instead: let the thread that
>> does the security_setprocattr() die, since execve() is terminating
>> other threads anyway.
>> And the easy way to do that is to just make the rule be that anybody
>> who waits for this thing for write needs to use a killable wait.
>> So if the execve() got started earlier, and already took the cred lock
>> (whatever we'll call it) for reading, then zap_other_threads() will
>> take care of another thread doing setprocattr().
>> That sounds like a really simple model, no?
> Yes. I missed the fact that we could take the lock killable.
> We still unfortunately have the deadlock with ptrace.
> It might be simpler to make whichever lock we are dealing with per
> task_struct instead of per signal_struct. Then we don't even have to
> think about what de_thread does or if the lock is taken killable.

I think you said that already, but I did not understand the difference,
could you please give some more details about your idea?


> Looking at the code in binfmt_elf.c there are about 11 other places
> after install_exec_creds where we can fail and would be forced to
> terminate the application with SIGSEGV instead of causing fork to fail.
> I keep wondering if we could do something similar to vfork. That is
> allocate an new task_struct and fully set it up for the post exec
> process, and then make it visible under tasklist_lock. Finally we could
> free the old process.
> That would appear as if everything happened atomically from
> the point of view of the rest of the kernel.
> As well as fixing all of the deadlocks and making it easy
> to ensure we don't have any more weird failures in the future.
> Eric
> p.s. For tasklist_lock I suspect we can put a lock in struct pid
> and use that to guard the task lists in struct pid. Which would
> allow for tasklist_lock to be take much less. Then we would
> just need a solution for task->parent and task->real_parent and
> I think all of the major users of tasklist_lock would be gone.

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