Re: [RESEND PATCH] pid_ns: Fix proc_flush_task() accessing freedproc_mnt

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Fri Jun 25 2010 - 08:23:29 EST

On 06/25, Louis Rilling wrote:
> On 24/06/10 21:18 +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >
> > and this adds the extra code to alloc/free pidmap.
> Hopefully this is not much in alloc_pidmap() since we can expect that nr_pids
> and last_pid are in the same cache line.

This also adds atomic op. But I mostly dislike the pid-ns-specific
complications itself (including the mount-after-the-first-alloc_pid
dependancy), not the minor perfomance penalty.

But see below...

> > And, this subjective, yes, but it looks a bit strange that upid->nr
> > has a reference to proc_mnt.
> I presume that you wanted to say upid->ns.

I meant ns->nr_pids ;)

> This last point is what made me worry about your approach so far, although I did
> not take time to spot the precise issues. Unfortunately I don't see what the
> checks you added in proc_self_readlink(), proc_self_follow_link() and
> proc_pid_lookup() buy. What does prevent destroy_pid_namespace() from running
> concurrently? Maybe RCU could help in those cases?

Very good point. And the strong argument against this approach.

> Moreover, I think that proc_pid_readdir() should get some check too.

Well, it checks ->reaper != NULL, that is why I don't verify ns.

But yes, we have the same race (races) you pointed out here.

> void pid_ns_release_proc(struct pid_namespace *ns)
> {
> struct inode *root_inode;
> if (ns->proc_mnt) {
> root_inode = ns->proc_mnt->mnt_sb->s_root->d_inode;
> mutex_lock(&root_inode->i_mutex);
> ns->proc_mnt->mnt_sb->s_fs_info = NULL;
> PROC_I(root_inode)->pid = NULL;
> mutex_unlock(&root_inode->i_mutex);
> mntput(ns->proc_mnt);
> }
> }
> This would also solve the issue for proc_pid_lookup() btw.

Looks like you are right, but this doesn't help proc_self_readlink().

I think we can fix all these problems, but I no longer think this
approach can pretend to simplify the code. No, it will make the
code more complex/ugly and potentially more buggy.

Louis, thank you very much.


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