Re: [ 02/42] TTY: do not update atime/mtime on read/write
From: Simon Kirby
Date: Tue Apr 30 2013 - 19:50:59 EST
On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 06:37:24PM -0700, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 05:36:40PM -0700, Simon Kirby wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 05:21:17PM -0700, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 05:14:45PM -0700, Simon Kirby wrote:
> > > > On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 12:01:44PM -0700, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > 3.8-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.
> > > >
> > > > I object. This breaks functionality I use every day (seeing who else is
> > > > working on stuff with "w").
> > > >
> > > > Furthermore, the patch does not actually fix the hole referenced (see
> > > > ptmx-keystroke-latency.c on http://vladz.devzero.fr/013_ptmx-timing.php).
> > > > I can still reproduce the timing capture even with this patch applied
> > > > (in 3.9-rc8).
> > >
> > > How? There are no keystrokes being reported to other users, or did we
> > > miss something with this patch?
> > wget http://vladz.devzero.fr/svn/codes/PoC/ptmx-keystroke-latency.c
> > gcc -O ptmx-keystroke-latency ptmx-keystroke-latency.c
> > ./ptmx-keystroke-latency
> > Log in to another tty, as another user. See keystroke timing. 3.9-rc8.
> > Seems like it was missed. Meanwhile, idle times in "w" do not update.
> Ah, it's using inotify on the /dev/ptmx device. Jiri, your change
> really doesn't affect that at all :(
> Simon, you mention a grsec change somewhere that addresses this issue.
> Any hints on where that would be?
Yes, see Jiri's comments in the original patch (b0de59b5733d):
The grsec patch is linked from there:
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