[PATCH 4.4 43/50] userfaultfd: dont block on the last VM updates at exit time

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Mon Mar 14 2016 - 14:10:16 EST

4.4-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

commit 39680f50ae54cbbb6e72ac38b8329dd3eb9105f4 upstream.

The exit path will do some final updates to the VM of an exiting process
to inform others of the fact that the process is going away.

That happens, for example, for robust futex state cleanup, but also if
the parent has asked for a TID update when the process exits (we clear
the child tid field in user space).

However, at the time we do those final VM accesses, we've already
stopped accepting signals, so the usual "stop waiting for userfaults on
signal" code in fs/userfaultfd.c no longer works, and the process can
become an unkillable zombie waiting for something that will never

To solve this, just make handle_userfault() abort any user fault
handling if we're already in the exit path past the signal handling
state being dead (marked by PF_EXITING).

This VM special case is pretty ugly, and it is possible that we should
look at finalizing signals later (or move the VM final accesses
earlier). But in the meantime this is a fairly minimally intrusive fix.

Reported-and-tested-by: Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov@xxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@xxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Sedat Dilek <sedat.dilek@xxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

fs/userfaultfd.c | 6 ++++++
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

--- a/fs/userfaultfd.c
+++ b/fs/userfaultfd.c
@@ -287,6 +287,12 @@ int handle_userfault(struct vm_area_stru
goto out;

+ * We don't do userfault handling for the final child pid update.
+ */
+ if (current->flags & PF_EXITING)
+ goto out;
+ /*
* Check that we can return VM_FAULT_RETRY.
* NOTE: it should become possible to return VM_FAULT_RETRY