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SubjectRe: [PATCH] selinux: selinux_setprocattr()->ptrace_parent() needs rcu_read_lock()
On 12/14, Paul Moore wrote:
> I understand your point, but I still think there is some value in
> keeping the call to ptrace_parent() rather than fetching the ptrace
> pointer on our own.

Yes, agreed, I changed my mind ;)

> However, that said, I think we should try and do something about the
> "suspicious RCU usage" you mentioned in your original posting.

Yes, this was the only motivation for this patch.

> but
> I'm curious about the removal of the task lock; shouldn't week keep
> the task lock in place?

Why? It protects nothing in this case, afaics. Unless of course it
protects cred->security somehow, but it doesn't look as if.

Probably task_lock() is here because PTRACE_ATTACH used the same lock,
but this was changed by 4b105cbbaf7c0 in 2009 (ptrace_attach() still
takes it for __ptrace_may_access() but this is another story).

However (iirc) PTRACE_DETACH never took this lock, so this was always
racy and task_lock() is simply misleading and confusing, at least

So I think the patch is fine, but I decided to send v2 without pid_alive().
If we are going to keep ptrace_parent(), it would be better to add the
comment into ptrace_parent() to explain that ->ptrace != 0 guarantees that
this task is not unhashed.

IOW, I also changed my mind about this part

The patch also checks pid_alive(p) before ptrace_parent(p) to
ensure that this task can't be dead even before rcu_read_lock(),
in this case its ->parent points to nowhere. This is not really
needed "in practice", task->ptrace must be already cleared in
this case but we should not rely on this.

in the changelog.

> > And perhaps I am wrong. Because otoh the usage of ->ptrace should be
> > avoided outside of the core kernel code.
> Not to muddy things up, but one could argue that this particular
> LSM/SELinux hook should be regarded as part of the "core" kernel code.
> However, I'm not sure that the distinction is really important here.

Yes, yes, sorry for confusion. I meant, the core kernel code which works
with ptrace/exit/fork/etc.


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