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Subject[PATCH] selinux: selinux_setprocattr()->ptrace_parent() needs rcu_read_lock()
selinux_setprocattr() does ptrace_parent(p) under task_lock(p),
but task_struct->alloc_lock doesn't pin ->parent or ->ptrace,
this looks confusing and triggers the "suspicious RCU usage"
warning because ptrace_parent() does rcu_dereference_check().

And in theory this is wrong, spin_lock()->preempt_disable()
doesn't necessarily imply rcu_read_lock() we need to access
the ->parent.

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.

Note: perhaps we should simply kill ptrace_parent(), it buys
almost nothing and it is obviously racy. Or perhaps we should
change it to ensure it can't wrongly return the natural parent
if it races with ptrace_detach.

Reported-by: Evan McNabb <>
Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
security/selinux/hooks.c | 13 ++++++++-----
1 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/security/selinux/hooks.c b/security/selinux/hooks.c
index 794c3ca..2adfd7a 100644
--- a/security/selinux/hooks.c
+++ b/security/selinux/hooks.c
@@ -5503,11 +5503,14 @@ static int selinux_setprocattr(struct task_struct *p,
/* Check for ptracing, and update the task SID if ok.
Otherwise, leave SID unchanged and fail. */
ptsid = 0;
- task_lock(p);
- tracer = ptrace_parent(p);
- if (tracer)
- ptsid = task_sid(tracer);
- task_unlock(p);
+ tracer = NULL;
+ rcu_read_lock();
+ if (pid_alive(p)) {
+ tracer = ptrace_parent(p);
+ if (tracer)
+ ptsid = task_sid(tracer);
+ }
+ rcu_read_unlock();

if (tracer) {
error = avc_has_perm(ptsid, sid, SECCLASS_PROCESS,

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