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Subject[patch 05/42] binfmt_misc: fix false -ENOEXEC when coupled with other binary handlers
2.6.26-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us know.


From: Pavel Emelyanov <>

commit ff9bc512f198eb47204f55b24c6fe3d36ed89592 upstream

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 14:09:10 -0700
Subject: [patch 05/42] binfmt_misc: fix false -ENOEXEC when coupled with other binary handlers

In case the binfmt_misc binary handler is registered *before* the e.g.
script one (when for example being compiled as a module) the following
situation may occur:

1. user launches a script, whose interpreter is a misc binary;
2. the load_misc_binary sets the misc_bang and returns -ENOEVEC,
since the binary is a script;
3. the load_script_binary loads one and calls for search_binary_hander
to run the interpreter;
4. the load_misc_binary is called again, but refuses to load the
binary due to misc_bang bit set.

The fix is to move the misc_bang setting lower - prior to the actual
call to the search_binary_handler.

Caused by the commit 3a2e7f47 (binfmt_misc.c: avoid potential kernel
stack overflow)

Signed-off-by: Pavel Emelyanov <>
Reported-by: Kirill A. Shutemov <>
Tested-by: Kirill A. Shutemov <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

fs/binfmt_misc.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/fs/binfmt_misc.c
+++ b/fs/binfmt_misc.c
@@ -119,8 +119,6 @@ static int load_misc_binary(struct linux
if (bprm->misc_bang)
goto _ret;

- bprm->misc_bang = 1;
/* to keep locking time low, we copy the interpreter string */
fmt = check_file(bprm);
@@ -198,6 +196,8 @@ static int load_misc_binary(struct linux
if (retval < 0)
goto _error;

+ bprm->misc_bang = 1;
retval = search_binary_handler (bprm, regs);
if (retval < 0)
goto _error;

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