Re: For review: documentation of clone3() system call
From: Christian Brauner
Date: Tue Oct 29 2019 - 10:26:29 EST
On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 12:27:07PM +0100, Christian Brauner wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 08:09:13PM +0100, Jann Horn wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 6:21 PM Christian Brauner
> > <christian.brauner@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 04:12:09PM +0100, Jann Horn wrote:
> > > > On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 6:59 PM Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
> > > > <mtk.manpages@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > > I've made a first shot at adding documentation for clone3(). You can
> > > > > see the diff here:
> > > > > https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/docs/man-pages/man-pages.git/commit/?id=faa0e55ae9e490d71c826546bbdef954a1800969
> > [...]
> > > > You might want to note somewhere that its flags can't be
> > > > seccomp-filtered because they're stored in memory, making it
> > > > inappropriate to use in heavily sandboxed processes.
> > >
> > > Hm, I don't think that belongs on the clone manpage. Granted that
> > > process creation is an important syscall but so are a bunch of others
> > > that aren't filterable because of pointer arguments.
> > > We can probably mention on the seccomp manpage that seccomp can't filter
> > > on pointer arguments and then provide a list of examples. If you setup a
> > > seccomp filter and don't know that you can't filter syscalls with
> > > pointer args that seems pretty bad to begin with.
> > Fair enough.
> > [...]
> > > One thing I never liked about clone() was that userspace had to know
> > > about stack direction. And there is a lot of ugly code in userspace that
> > > has nasty clone() wrappers like:
> > [...]
> > > where stack + stack_size is addition on a void pointer which usually
> > > clang and gcc are not very happy about.
> > > I wanted to bring this up on the mailing list soon: If possible, I don't
> > > want userspace to need to know about stack direction and just have stack
> > > point to the beginning and then have the kernel do the + stack_size
> > > after the copy_clone_args_from_user() if the arch needs it. For example,
> > > by having a dumb helder similar to copy_thread_tls()/coyp_thread() that
> > > either does the + stack_size or not. Right now, clone3() is supported on
> > > parisc and afaict, the stack grows upwards for it. I'm not sure if there
> > > are obvious reasons why that won't work or it would be a bad idea...
> > That would mean adding a new clone flag that redefines how those
> > parameters work and describing the current behavior in the manpage as
> > the behavior without the flag (which doesn't exist on 5.3), right?
> I would break API and if someone reports breakage we'll revert and go
> the more complicated route you outlined (see ).
@Jann, I think the following patch might even be enough?...
@Florian, do you have an opinion about always passing the stack from the
lowest address with clone3()?