Re: [PATCH] usermodehelper: Fix -ENOMEM return logic
From: Lucas De Marchi
Date: Mon Feb 25 2013 - 12:39:17 EST
On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM, Oleg Nesterov <oleg@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 02/25, Lucas De Marchi wrote:
>> Callers of call_usermodehelper_fns() should check the return value and
>> free themselves the data passed if the return is -ENOMEM. This is
>> because the subprocess_info is allocated in this function, and if the
>> allocation fail, the cleanup function cannot be called.
> Yes, this is confusing.
>> However call_usermodehelper_exec() may also return -ENOMEM,
> Yes, and we can't distinguish this case from info == NULL case,
>> in which
>> case the cleanup function is called. This means that if the caller
>> checked the return code, it was risking running the cleanup twice (like
>> kernel/sys.c:orderly_poweroff()) and if not, a leak could happen.
> In short: every user of call_usermodehelper_fns(cleanup != NULL)
> is buggy. Thanks.
> But I am not sure I agree with the patch...
>> static void call_usermodehelper_freeinfo(struct subprocess_info *info)
>> - if (info->cleanup)
>> + if (info->cleanup && info->retval != -ENOMEM)
> This doesn't look very clean/robust. And in general, personally I
> dislike the fact that ENOMEM has the special meaning. IOW, I think
> we should cleanup this logic, not to complicate it more.
> And in fact I do not think this is right, at least in UMH_NO_WAIT
> case, shouldn't avoid ->cleanup() if, say, prepare_kernel_cred()
> fails in ____call_usermodehelper()...
> I think we should extract call_usermodehelper_setup() +
> call_usermodehelper_setfns() into the new helper and export it.
> And export call_usermodehelper_exec() as well.
> call_usermodehelper_setfns() as a separate function makes no sense.
> Then we can fix call_modprobe/orderly_poweroff, something like below.
> What do you think?
Yep. The current interface is confusing. I agree that a separate
setup() + exec() would make more sense.
> --- x/kernel/kmod.c
> +++ x/kernel/kmod.c
> @@ -98,8 +98,14 @@ static int call_modprobe(char *module_na
> argv = module_name; /* check free_modprobe_argv() */
> argv = NULL;
> - return call_usermodehelper_fns(modprobe_path, argv, envp,
> - wait | UMH_KILLABLE, NULL, free_modprobe_argv, NULL);
> + info = call_usermodehelper_setup(...); // better name, please...
> + if (!info)
> + goto free_modname;
> + return call_usermodehelper_exec(info, wait);
I'd say that in these cases the "call_" prefix has no meaning, and we
could just use a "usermodehelper" as the namespace.
Lucas De Marchi
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