Re: [PATCH] sys_getppid oopses on debug kernel

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Tue Aug 08 2006 - 23:34:52 EST

On 09 Aug 2006 05:09:11 +0200
Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Kirill Korotaev <dev@xxxxx> writes:
> [adding linux-arch]
> > > Accessing freed memory is a bug, always, not just *only* when slab
> > > debugging is on, right? Doesn't this mean we could get junk, or that
> > > the reader could potentially run off a bad pointer?
> > no, read the comment in sys_getppid.
> > It is a valid optimization. _safe_ and alowing to bypass taking the lock.
> > BUT! This optimization relies on the fact that kernel memory (DMA + normal zone)
> > is always mapped into virtual address space.
> > Which is invalid for debug kernels only.
> In x86 arch code we would use __get_user for this (and we do in a couple
> of places). But it wouldn't be portable because sometimes _user is
> in a different address space.
> Maybe it would be time to make a similar facility (read/write_kernel_safe() or similar)
> with error return available to generic code?
> It should be easy to implement - iirc near all architectures already
> use the exception handling frame work and it is a simple extension
> of that. x86 could just define it to __put/get_user

I just did something like that:

Similar to

Although I'm not sure it's needed for this problem. A getppid() which does

asmlinkage long sys_getppid(void)
int pid;

pid = current->group_leader->real_parent->tgid;

return pid;

seems like a fine implementation to me ;)
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