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SubjectRe: Userspace regression in LTS and stable kernels
On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 12:20:27PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:56:46 -0800 Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
>
> > On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 3:37 PM Richard Weinberger
> > <richard.weinberger@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Your shebang line exceeds BINPRM_BUF_SIZE.
> > > Before the said commit the kernel silently truncated the shebang line
> > > (and corrupted it),
> > > now it tells the user that the line is too long.
> >
> > It doesn't matter if it "corrupted" things by truncating it. All that
> > matters is "it used to work, now it doesn't"
> >
> > Yes, maybe it never *should* have worked. And yes, it's sad that
> > people apparently had cases that depended on this odd behavior, but
> > there we are.
> >
> > I see that Kees has a patch to fix it up.
> >
>
> Greg, I think we have a problem here.
>
> 8099b047ecc431518 ("exec: load_script: don't blindly truncate shebang
> string") wasn't marked for backporting. And, presumably as a
> consequence, Kees's fix "exec: load_script: allow interpreter argument
> truncation" was not marked for backporting.
>
> 8099b047ecc431518 hasn't even appeared in a Linus released kernel, yet
> it is now present in 4.9.x, 4.14.x, 4.19.x and 4.20.x.

It came in 5.0-rc1, so it fits the "in a Linus released kernel"
requirement. If we are to wait until it shows up in a -final, that
would be months too late for almost all of these types of patches that
are picked up.

> I don't know if Oleg considered backporting that patch. I certainly
> did (I always do), and I decided against doing so. Yet there it is.

This came in through Sasha's tools, which give people a week or so to
say "hey, this isn't a stable patch!" and it seems everyone ignored that
:(

Where is Kees's fix? I'll be glad to queue it up, or just revert the
above commit, which ever people think is easiest.

thanks,

greg k-h

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