Re: KASAN: use-after-free Read in task_is_descendant

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Fri Oct 26 2018 - 11:22:15 EST

On 10/27, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> On 2018/10/26 23:39, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > On 10/26, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> >> Suppose p1 == p2->real_parent and p2 == p3->real_parent, and p1 exited
> >> when someone tried to attach on p2, p2->real_parent was pointing to already
> >> (or about to be) freed p1.
> >
> > I don't see a difference.
> >
> > If p1 exits it will re-parent p2, p2->real_parent will be updated.
> >
> >> So, the puzzle part is why p2->real_parent was still pointing p1 even after
> >> p1 was freed...
> >
> > I don't understand the question.
> >
> > Once again. TASK->real_parent can point to the freed mem only if a) TASK exits,
> > and b) _after_ that its parent TASK->real_parent exits too.
> Oh, p2 exited and then p1 also exited when someone tried to attach on p2.
> Then, p2->real_parent can point to already (or about to be) freed p1.

Then we must see pid_alive(p2) == F as I already explained you in my
yesterday's email.

Because if p1 exits _after_ p2, then pid_alive(p2) == F must be already
completed, p1 can't exit (I mean, release_task(p1) can't be called) until
release_task(p2) does detach_pid() and drops tasklist_lock.

> (By the way, if p->real_parent were updated to point to init_task when p exits,
> we could omit pid_alive() check?)

Sorry, I don't understand the question...

Ignoring the PR_SET_CHILD_SUBREAPER parents, ignoring the exiting sub-threads
which reparent to group leader, ->real_parent is alwasy updated to point to
init_task. But I don't see why we could omit pid_alive() check.