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Subject[PATCH 2/3] coredump: ensure that SIGKILL always kills the dumping thread
prepare_signal() blesses SIGKILL sent to the dumping process but
this signal can be "lost" anyway. The problems is, complete_signal()
sees SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT and skips the "kill them all" logic. And even
if the dumping process is single-threaded (so the target is always
"correct"), the group-wide SIGKILL is not recorded in task->pending
and thus __fatal_signal_pending() won't be true. A multi-threaded
case has even more problems.

And even ignoring all technical details, SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT doesn't
look right to me. This coredumping process is not exiting yet, it can
do a lot of work dumping the core.

With this patch the dumping process doesn't have SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT,
we set signal->group_exit_task instead. This makes signal_group_exit()
true and thus this should equally close the races with exit/exec/stop
but allows to kill the dumping thread reliably.

- It is not clear what should we do with ->group_exit_code
if the dumper was killed, see the next change.

- we need more (hopefully straightforward) changes to ensure
that SIGKILL actually interrupts the coredump. Basically we
need to check __fatal_signal_pending() in dump_write() and

Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
fs/coredump.c | 10 ++++++++--
1 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/coredump.c b/fs/coredump.c
index 2c1ef6a..835d731 100644
--- a/fs/coredump.c
+++ b/fs/coredump.c
@@ -263,7 +263,6 @@ static int zap_process(struct task_struct *start, int exit_code)
struct task_struct *t;
int nr = 0;

- start->signal->flags = SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT;
start->signal->group_exit_code = exit_code;
start->signal->group_stop_count = 0;

@@ -291,8 +290,9 @@ static int zap_threads(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
if (!signal_group_exit(tsk->signal)) {
mm->core_state = core_state;
nr = zap_process(tsk, exit_code);
+ tsk->signal->group_exit_task = tsk;
/* ignore all signals except SIGKILL, see prepare_signal() */
- tsk->signal->flags |= SIGNAL_GROUP_COREDUMP;
+ tsk->signal->flags = SIGNAL_GROUP_COREDUMP;
clear_tsk_thread_flag(tsk, TIF_SIGPENDING);
@@ -343,6 +343,7 @@ static int zap_threads(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
if (unlikely(p->mm == mm)) {
lock_task_sighand(p, &flags);
nr += zap_process(p, exit_code);
+ p->signal->flags = SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT;
unlock_task_sighand(p, &flags);
@@ -394,6 +395,11 @@ static void coredump_finish(struct mm_struct *mm)
struct core_thread *curr, *next;
struct task_struct *task;

+ spin_lock_irq(&current->sighand->siglock);
+ current->signal->group_exit_task = NULL;
+ current->signal->flags = SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT;
+ spin_unlock_irq(&current->sighand->siglock);
next = mm->core_state->;
while ((curr = next) != NULL) {
next = curr->next;

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