Re: [RFC] coredump: Do not interrupt dump for TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Wed Jun 09 2021 - 16:34:16 EST

On Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 1:17 PM Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In short the coredump code deliberately supports being interrupted by
> SIGKILL, and depends upon prepare_signal to filter out all other
> signals.


I have to say, that looks like the core reason for the bug: if you
want to be interrupted by a fatal signal, you shouldn't use
signal_pending(), you should use fatal_signal_pending().

Now, the fact that we haven't cleared TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL for the first
signal is clearly the immediate cause of this, but at the same time I
really get the feeling that that coredump aborting code should always
had used fatal_signal_pending().

We do want to be able to abort core-dumps (stuck network filesystems
is the traditional reason), but the fact that it used signal_pending()
looks buggy.

In fact, the very comment in that dump_interrupted() function seems to
acknowledge that signal_pending() is all kinds of silly.

So regardless of the fact that io_uring does seem to have messed up
this part of signals, I think the fix is not to change
signal_pending() to task_sigpending(), but to just do what the comment
suggests we should do.

But also:

> With the io_uring code comes an extra test in signal_pending
> for TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL (which is something about asking a task to run
> task_work_run).

Jens, is this still relevant? Maybe we can revert that whole series
now, and make the confusing difference between signal_pending() and
task_sigpending() go away again?