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SubjectRe: [Patch][RFC] Disabling per-tgid stats on task exit in taskstats
Shailabh wrote:
> I don't know if there are buffer overflow
> issues in passing a string

I don't know if this comment applies to "the standard netlink way of
passing it up using NLA_STRING", but the way I deal with buffer length
issues in the cpuset code is to insist that the user code express the
list in no fewer than 100 + 6 * NR_CPUS bytes:

From kernel/cpuset.c:

/* Crude upper limit on largest legitimate cpulist user might write. */
if (nbytes > 100 + 6 * NR_CPUS)
return -E2BIG;

This lets the user specify the buffer size passed in, but prevents
them from trying a denial of service attack on the kernel by trying
to pass in a huge buffer.

If the user can't figure out how to write the desired cpulist in
that size, then tough toenails.

I won't rest till it's the best ...
Programmer, Linux Scalability
Paul Jackson <> 1.925.600.0401
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