Re: [PATCH 1/1] tty: release_one_tty() forgets to put pids

From: Eric W. Biederman
Date: Fri Apr 02 2010 - 14:22:45 EST

Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Fri, 2 Apr 2010, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
>> release_one_tty(tty) can be called when tty still has a reference
>> to pgrp/session. In this case we leak the pid.
> Hmm. Maybe we should have cleared this in tty_release() already. We
> already do some of the session clearing there (but we clear the session in
> the _tasks_ associated with the tty, not the tty session pointer).
> But:
>> The patch needs the ack from someone who understand tty magic.
> I think the patch is simpler than worrying about the much more complex
> release logic. So I think I actually prefer this patch over something that
> tries to be clever in tty_release.
> We might even push it into "free_tty_struct()", although I think that the
> only non-release_one_tty() callers of that are the ones that allocated the
> tty but due to some failure never connected it to anything. So on the
> whole I think you picked the right spot.
> So I'll ACK it. But maybe Alan sees some problem/issue I didn't see.

I agree. However we made it to release_one_tty with pids we need
to free them, before we free the tty structure itself.

My general paranoia would suggest setting the pids to NULL. So that
we don't have the chance of a use after free.

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