[PATCH for 5.5 2/3] rseq: Fix: Unregister rseq for clone CLONE_VM

From: Mathieu Desnoyers
Date: Wed Dec 11 2019 - 11:17:37 EST

It has been reported by Google that rseq is not behaving properly
with respect to clone when CLONE_VM is used without CLONE_THREAD.
It keeps the prior thread's rseq TLS registered when the TLS of the
thread has moved, so the kernel can corrupt the TLS of the parent.

The approach of clearing the per task-struct rseq registration
on clone with CLONE_THREAD flag is incomplete. It does not cover
the use-case of clone with CLONE_VM set, but without CLONE_THREAD.

Here is the rationale for unregistering rseq on clone with CLONE_VM
flag set:

1) CLONE_THREAD requires CLONE_SIGHAND, which requires CLONE_VM to be
set. Therefore, just checking for CLONE_VM covers all CLONE_THREAD
uses. There is no point in checking for both CLONE_THREAD and

2) There is the possibility of an unlikely scenario where CLONE_SETTLS
is used without CLONE_VM. In order to be an issue, it would require
that the rseq TLS is in a shared memory area.

I do not plan on adding CLONE_SETTLS to the set of clone flags which
unregister RSEQ, because it would require that we also unregister RSEQ
on set_thread_area(2) and arch_prctl(2) ARCH_SET_FS for completeness.
So rather than doing a partial solution, it appears better to let
user-space explicitly perform rseq unregistration across clone if
needed in scenarios where CLONE_VM is not set.

Signed-off-by: Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Boqun Feng <boqun.feng@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "H . Peter Anvin" <hpa@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Paul Turner <pjt@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Neel Natu <neelnatu@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: linux-api@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: <stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> # v4.18+
include/linux/sched.h | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/sched.h b/include/linux/sched.h
index 467d26046416..716ad1d8d95e 100644
--- a/include/linux/sched.h
+++ b/include/linux/sched.h
@@ -1929,11 +1929,11 @@ static inline void rseq_migrate(struct task_struct *t)

* If parent process has a registered restartable sequences area, the
- * child inherits. Only applies when forking a process, not a thread.
+ * child inherits. Unregister rseq for a clone with CLONE_VM set.
static inline void rseq_fork(struct task_struct *t, unsigned long clone_flags)
- if (clone_flags & CLONE_THREAD) {
+ if (clone_flags & CLONE_VM) {
t->rseq = NULL;
t->rseq_sig = 0;
t->rseq_event_mask = 0;