Re: [PATCH] usermodehelper: Fix -ENOMEM return logic

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Mon Feb 25 2013 - 11:08:17 EST

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)
> (*info->cleanup)(info);
> kfree(info);
> }

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?


--- x/kernel/kmod.c
+++ x/kernel/kmod.c
@@ -98,8 +98,14 @@ static int call_modprobe(char *module_na
argv[3] = module_name; /* check free_modprobe_argv() */
argv[4] = 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);
+ kfree(module_name);

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