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Subject[PATCH][RFC] Re: SMP races in proc with thread_struct
	Linus, could you consider the patch below? As it is, access to
/proc/<pid>/status of dead process with dead parent is possible and
leads to access to freed memory. Besides, cd /proc/<pid> means
that even after <pid> is gone, readdir() _and_ lookup on /proc/<pid> work.
Patch makes sure that ->p_pptr is NULL once the process is gone (fixes
readdir/lookup stuff) and adds obvious couple of checks in array.c.
Al

diff -urN S5-pre1/fs/proc/array.c S5-pre1-p_pptr/fs/proc/array.c
--- S5-pre1/fs/proc/array.c Sat Apr 28 02:12:56 2001
+++ S5-pre1-p_pptr/fs/proc/array.c Fri May 4 13:15:47 2001
@@ -157,7 +157,9 @@
"Uid:\t%d\t%d\t%d\t%d\n"
"Gid:\t%d\t%d\t%d\t%d\n",
get_task_state(p),
- p->pid, p->p_opptr->pid, p->p_pptr->pid != p->p_opptr->pid ? p->p_pptr->pid : 0,
+ p->pid, p->p_opptr->pid,
+ p->p_pptr && p->p_pptr->pid != p->p_opptr->pid
+ ? p->p_pptr->pid : 0,
p->uid, p->euid, p->suid, p->fsuid,
p->gid, p->egid, p->sgid, p->fsgid);
read_unlock(&tasklist_lock);
@@ -339,7 +341,7 @@
nice = task->nice;

read_lock(&tasklist_lock);
- ppid = task->p_opptr->pid;
+ ppid = task->p_pptr ? task->p_opptr->pid : 0;
read_unlock(&tasklist_lock);
res = sprintf(buffer,"%d (%s) %c %d %d %d %d %d %lu %lu \
%lu %lu %lu %lu %lu %ld %ld %ld %ld %ld %ld %lu %lu %ld %lu %lu %lu %lu %lu \
diff -urN S5-pre1/kernel/exit.c S5-pre1-p_pptr/kernel/exit.c
--- S5-pre1/kernel/exit.c Fri Feb 16 22:52:15 2001
+++ S5-pre1-p_pptr/kernel/exit.c Fri May 4 13:18:33 2001
@@ -62,6 +62,9 @@
current->counter += p->counter;
if (current->counter >= MAX_COUNTER)
current->counter = MAX_COUNTER;
+ write_lock_irq(&tasklist_lock);
+ p->p_pptr = NULL;
+ write_unlock_irq(&tasklist_lock);
free_task_struct(p);
} else {
printk("task releasing itself\n");

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