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SubjectRe: [PATCH] loop: prevent get_user pages call from kernel thread(v2)
Andi Kleen <> writes:

> Dmitri Monakhov <> writes:
>> Yes... everybody know that it is bad to write from kernel thread, and it is
>> madness to do it with O_DIRECT. But occasionly file with O_DIRECT flag
>> may be passed to loop device via LOOP_SET_FD. So if file-system has't
>> address_space ops, or simply hide it like GFS, it is possible to kill kernel
>> via two lines program. In fact we can't effectively guard kernel space by
>> deny O_DIRECT in loop's code, because user space can set it via
>> fcntl(,F_SETFL,). Let's simply add sanity check mm related logic.
> Wouldn't it be better if loop simply dup()ed the file descriptor
> and then checked the flag? Presumably other fd flags could
> do bad things inside loop too.
Off course this can't work because both fd refer to the same struct file.
man fcntl:
File status flags
Each open file description has certain associated status flags, ini-
tialized by open(2) and possibly modified by fcntl(2). Duplicated
file descriptors (made with dup(2), fcntl(F_DUPFD), fork(2), etc.)
refer to the same open file description, and thus share the same
file status flags.
> -Andi

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