Re: [PATCH 2/2] pid_ns: Introduce ioctl to set vector of ns_last_pid's on ns hierarhy

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Tue May 02 2017 - 12:34:26 EST

sorry for delay, vacation...

On 04/28, Kirill Tkhai wrote:
> On 27.04.2017 19:22, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >
> > Ah, OK, I didn't notice the ns->child_reaper check in pidns_for_children_get().
> >
> > But note that it doesn't need tasklist_lock too.
> Hm, are there possible strange situations with memory ordering, when we see
> ns->child_reaper of already died ns, which was placed in the same memory?
> Do we have to use some memory barriers here?

Could you spell please? I don't understand your concerns...

I don't see how, say,

static struct ns_common *pidns_for_children_get(struct task_struct *task)
struct ns_common *ns = NULL;
struct pid_namespace *pid_ns;

if (task->nsproxy) {
pid_ns = task->nsproxy->pid_ns_for_children;
if (pid_ns->child_reaper) {
ns = &pid_ns->ns;

return ns;

can be wrong. It also looks more clean to me.

->child_reaper is not stable without tasklist, it can be dead/etc, but
we do not care?