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authorMichal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>2016-09-01 16:15:13 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2016-09-01 17:52:02 -0700
commit735f2770a770156100f534646158cb58cb8b2939 (patch)
parentc4e297386bd1621b83f6f7d58a729fb770597a91 (diff)
kernel/fork: fix CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID regression in nscd
Commit fec1d0115240 ("[PATCH] Disable CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID for abnormal exit") has caused a subtle regression in nscd which uses CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID to clear the nscd_certainly_running flag in the shared databases, so that the clients are notified when nscd is restarted. Now, when nscd uses a non-persistent database, clients that have it mapped keep thinking the database is being updated by nscd, when in fact nscd has created a new (anonymous) one (for non-persistent databases it uses an unlinked file as backend). The original proposal for the CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID change claimed (https://lkml.org/lkml/2006/10/25/233): : The NPTL library uses the CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID flag on clone() syscalls : on behalf of pthread_create() library calls. This feature is used to : request that the kernel clear the thread-id in user space (at an address : provided in the syscall) when the thread disassociates itself from the : address space, which is done in mm_release(). : : Unfortunately, when a multi-threaded process incurs a core dump (such as : from a SIGSEGV), the core-dumping thread sends SIGKILL signals to all of : the other threads, which then proceed to clear their user-space tids : before synchronizing in exit_mm() with the start of core dumping. This : misrepresents the state of process's address space at the time of the : SIGSEGV and makes it more difficult for someone to debug NPTL and glibc : problems (misleading him/her to conclude that the threads had gone away : before the fault). : : The fix below is to simply avoid the CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID action if a : core dump has been initiated. The resulting patch from Roland (https://lkml.org/lkml/2006/10/26/269) seems to have a larger scope than the original patch asked for. It seems that limitting the scope of the check to core dumping should work for SIGSEGV issue describe above. [Changelog partly based on Andreas' description] Fixes: fec1d0115240 ("[PATCH] Disable CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID for abnormal exit") Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1471968749-26173-1-git-send-email-mhocko@kernel.org Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com> Tested-by: William Preston <wpreston@suse.com> Acked-by: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com> Cc: Roland McGrath <roland@hack.frob.com> Cc: Andreas Schwab <schwab@suse.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
1 files changed, 4 insertions, 6 deletions
diff --git a/kernel/fork.c b/kernel/fork.c
index aaf782327bf3..93bdba13d7d9 100644
--- a/kernel/fork.c
+++ b/kernel/fork.c
@@ -913,14 +913,12 @@ void mm_release(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm)
deactivate_mm(tsk, mm);
- * If we're exiting normally, clear a user-space tid field if
- * requested. We leave this alone when dying by signal, to leave
- * the value intact in a core dump, and to save the unnecessary
- * trouble, say, a killed vfork parent shouldn't touch this mm.
- * Userland only wants this done for a sys_exit.
+ * Signal userspace if we're not exiting with a core dump
+ * because we want to leave the value intact for debugging
+ * purposes.
if (tsk->clear_child_tid) {
- if (!(tsk->flags & PF_SIGNALED) &&
+ if (!(tsk->signal->flags & SIGNAL_GROUP_COREDUMP) &&
atomic_read(&mm->mm_users) > 1) {
* We don't check the error code - if userspace has