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SubjectRe: verifying a task_struct
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tyson  <tyson@rwii.com> writes:

|> How can I verify that a struct task_stuct pointer is still valid before
|> using it? The pointer is copied from current as part of an ioctl() but
|> I have found that if the process forks after the ioctl, the parent
|> exits and then the child continues to use the open file descriptor that
|> problems can result. Specifically, the driver ends up sending a signal
|> to a process that no longer exists and the system becomes unstable.

I think you should save the pid, not the task_struct pointer, and then use
the pid to send the signal.

--
Andreas Schwab "And now for something
schwab@issan.informatik.uni-dortmund.de completely different"
schwab@gnu.org

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