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SubjectRe: [patch] user-vm-unlock-2.5.31-A2

On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> process X
>
> fork()
> -------> Process Y
> clone()
> ----> thread Z
>
> exit()
> THIS MUST NOT
> WRITE TO MEMORY
> IN Z!!

i guess i'm just being difficult, but process (thread) Y and thread Z
share the same VM, right? So it's a threaded application, and as such i'd
expect it to free its state when exiting. Ie. it must write to memory in
Z. Now since the ->user_tid address is in thread Y's thread control block
(or any similar thread state descriptor), i cannot see any problem why
zeroing this TID value would be incorrect.

> Notice how the exit() in Y will never be able to write into the address
> space of X - it would only write into the address space of Z, and Z is
> not expecting that at all!

i think i see where the misunderstanding comes from: thread Y does not
want to get into the address space of X - this is how the current
CLEAR_TID code works and is expected to work. Threads always free their
*own* thread state descriptor upon exit (eg. they set a flag in their own
thread descriptor), not some field in the parent's domain. So thread Y
does not ever want to write into X's address space - it wants to write
into the VM that it's part of currently - if a fork() created a new VM
then so be it, it's not attached to X in any way.

Ingo

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