Re: [PATCH 1/2] x86/pkeys: copy pkey state at fork()

From: Daniel Micay
Date: Fri Oct 26 2018 - 18:56:52 EST

On Fri, 26 Oct 2018 at 18:12, Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Oct 26, 2018, at 2:39 PM, Daniel Micay <danielmicay@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I ended up working around this with a pthread_atfork handler disabling
> > my usage of the feature in the child process for the time being. I
> > don't have an easy way to detect if the bug is present within a
> > library so
> Can you not just make sure that the fix is backported to all relevant kernels?

There are too many different distribution kernels and I won't be in
control of where the software is used.

> I suppose we could add a new flag for pkey_get() or something.

That would work, since I can apply the workaround (disabling the
feature in child processes) if I get EINVAL. The flag wouldn't need to
do anything, just existing and being tied to this patch so I have a
way to detect that I can safely use MPK after fork.

> > I'm going to need a kernel version check with a table of
> > kernel releases fixing the problem for each stable branch.
> That wonât work right on district kernels. Please donât go there.

If it's backported to an earlier version, it will just mean missing a
chance to use it. I'm not going to assume that it behaves a certain
way based on having an old kernel, but rather I just won't use it in a
forked child on an older kernel version if I don't have a way to
detect the problem. It's for a few different uses in library code so
I can't have a runtime test trying to detect it with clone(...). I'd
definitely prefer a proper way to detect that I can use it after fork. I really
don't want to have a hack like that which is why I'm bringing it up.