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SubjectRe: [PATCH 13/20] signal: Implement force_fatal_sig
Linus Torvalds <> writes:

> On Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 7:45 AM Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
>> Add a simple helper force_fatal_sig that causes a signal to be
>> delivered to a process as if the signal handler was set to SIG_DFL.
>> Reimplement force_sigsegv based upon this new helper.
> Can you just make the old force_sigsegv() go away? The odd special
> casing of SIGSEGV was odd to begin with, I think everybody really just
> wanted this new "force_fatal_sig()" and allow any signal - not making
> SIGSEGV special.

There remains the original case that is signal_set up_done
deals with generically. When sending a signal fails the code
attempts send SIGSEGV and if sending SIGSEGV fails the signal
delivery code terminates the process with SIGSEGV.

To keep dependencies to a minimum and to allow for the possibility of
backports I used "force_sigsegv(SIGSEGV)" instead of
"force_fatal_sig(SIGSEGV)". I will be happy to add an additional
patch that converts all of those case to force_fatal_sig.

> Also, I think it should set SIGKILL in p->pending.signal or something
> like that - because we want this to trigger fatal_signal_pending(),
> don't we?
> Right now fatal_signal_pending() is only true for SIGKILL, I think.

In general when a fatal signal is delivered the function complete_signal
individually delivers SIGKILL to the threads, making
fatal_signal_pending true.

For signals like SIGSYS that generate a coredump that is not currently
true, but in the cases I looked at signal_pending() was enough to
get the code to get_signal(), which dequeues the signals and starts
processing them.

I have a branch queued up for the next merge window that implements per
signal_struct coredumps. Assuming that does not trigger any user space
regressions I can remove the coredump special case in complete_signal.
That will in turn mean that force_siginfo_to_task does not need to
change sa_handler, blocked or clear SIGNAL_UNKILLABLE, as all of the
cases where that matters today will just wind up with complete_signal
setting a per_thread SIGKILL.

I keep playing with the idea of having fatal_signal_pending depend on a
different flag than the per thread bit for SIGKILL in the per thread
signal set. That might make it clearer that complete_signal has started
killing the process and it is a start of the killing the process that
triggers fatal_signal_pending.

So far the way fatal_signal_pending works hasn't really been a problem
so I keep putting away ideas of cleaner implementations.


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