[PATCH 4.4 61/99] wait/ptrace: assume __WALL if the child is traced
From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Sun Jun 05 2016 - 17:46:24 EST
4.4-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.
From: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@xxxxxxxxxx>
commit bf959931ddb88c4e4366e96dd22e68fa0db9527c upstream.
The following program (simplified version of generated by syzkaller)
void *thread_func(void *arg)
while (getppid() != 1)
pthread_create(&thread, NULL, thread_func, NULL);
creates an unreapable zombie if /sbin/init doesn't use __WALL.
This is not a kernel bug, at least in a sense that everything works as
expected: debugger should reap a traced sub-thread before it can reap the
leader, but without __WALL/__WCLONE do_wait() ignores sub-threads.
Unfortunately, it seems that /sbin/init in most (all?) distributions
doesn't use it and we have to change the kernel to avoid the problem.
Note also that most init's use sys_waitid() which doesn't allow __WALL, so
the necessary user-space fix is not that trivial.
This patch just adds the "ptrace" check into eligible_child(). To some
degree this matches the "tsk->ptrace" in exit_notify(), ->exit_signal is
mostly ignored when the tracee reports to debugger. Or WSTOPPED, the
tracer doesn't need to set this flag to wait for the stopped tracee.
This obviously means the user-visible change: __WCLONE and __WALL no
longer have any meaning for debugger. And I can only hope that this won't
break something, but at least strace/gdb won't suffer.
We could make a more conservative change. Say, we can take __WCLONE into
account, or !thread_group_leader(). But it would be nice to not
complicate these historical/confusing checks.
Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@xxxxxxxxxx>
Reported-by: Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Denys Vlasenko <dvlasenk@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Jan Kratochvil <jan.kratochvil@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)" <mtk.manpages@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Pedro Alves <palves@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Roland McGrath <roland@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
kernel/exit.c | 29 ++++++++++++++++++++---------
1 file changed, 20 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
@@ -918,17 +918,28 @@ static int eligible_pid(struct wait_opts
task_pid_type(p, wo->wo_type) == wo->wo_pid;
-static int eligible_child(struct wait_opts *wo, struct task_struct *p)
+eligible_child(struct wait_opts *wo, bool ptrace, struct task_struct *p)
if (!eligible_pid(wo, p))
- /* Wait for all children (clone and not) if __WALL is set;
- * otherwise, wait for clone children *only* if __WCLONE is
- * set; otherwise, wait for non-clone children *only*. (Note:
- * A "clone" child here is one that reports to its parent
- * using a signal other than SIGCHLD.) */
- if (((p->exit_signal != SIGCHLD) ^ !!(wo->wo_flags & __WCLONE))
- && !(wo->wo_flags & __WALL))
+ * Wait for all children (clone and not) if __WALL is set or
+ * if it is traced by us.
+ if (ptrace || (wo->wo_flags & __WALL))
+ return 1;
+ * Otherwise, wait for clone children *only* if __WCLONE is set;
+ * otherwise, wait for non-clone children *only*.
+ * Note: a "clone" child here is one that reports to its parent
+ * using a signal other than SIGCHLD, or a non-leader thread which
+ * we can only see if it is traced by us.
+ if ((p->exit_signal != SIGCHLD) ^ !!(wo->wo_flags & __WCLONE))
@@ -1301,7 +1312,7 @@ static int wait_consider_task(struct wai
if (unlikely(exit_state == EXIT_DEAD))
- ret = eligible_child(wo, p);
+ ret = eligible_child(wo, ptrace, p);