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SubjectRe: Bug: retry of clone() on Alpha can result in zeroed process thread pointer
On 07/22/2014 10:52 PM, Michael Cree wrote:
> Running strace on nptl/tst-eintr3 reveals that the clone() syscall
> is retried by the kernel if an ERESTARTNOINTR error occurs. At
> $syscall_error in arch/alpha/kernel/entry.S the kernel handles the
> error and in doing that it writes to 72(sp) which is where the value
> of the a3 CPU register on entry to the kernel is stored. Then the
> kernel retries the clone() function. But the alpha specific code
> for copy_thread() in arch/alpha/kernel/process.c does not use the
> passed a3 cpu register (the argument tls), instead it goes to the
> saved stack to get the value of the a3 register, which on the
> second call to clone() has been modified to no longer be the value
> of the a3 cpu register on entry to the kernel. And a latent bomb
> is laid for userspace in the form of an incorrect process unique
> value (which is the thread pointer) in the PCB.
>
> Am I correct in my analysis and, if so, can we get a fix for this
> please.

Well... let me start with the assumption that we can't possibly restart unless
the syscall fails with -ERESTART*.

Before we clobber 72($sp), $syscall_error saves the old value in $19. This is
the r19 parameter to do_work_pending, and is passed all the way down to
syscall_restart where we do restore the original value of a3 for ERESTARTNOINTR.

So if there's a path that leads to restart, but doesn't save a3 before
clobbering, I don't see it. Do you have an strace dump that shows this?


r~


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