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Subject[patch 29/60] futex: fix for futex_wait signal stack corruption
2.6.23-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us

>From Steven Rostedt <>

patch ce6bd420f43b28038a2c6e8fbb86ad24014727b6 in mainline.

David Holmes found a bug in the -rt tree with respect to
pthread_cond_timedwait. After trying his test program on the latest git
from mainline, I found the bug was there too. The bug he was seeing
that his test program showed, was that if one were to do a "Ctrl-Z" on a
process that was in the pthread_cond_timedwait, and then did a "bg" on
that process, it would return with a "-ETIMEDOUT" but early. That is,
the timer would go off early.

Looking into this, I found the source of the problem. And it is a rather
nasty bug at that.

Here's the relevant code from kernel/futex.c: (not in order in the file)

smlinkage long sys_futex(u32 __user *uaddr, int op, u32 val,
struct timespec __user *utime, u32 __user *uaddr2,
u32 val3)
struct timespec ts;
ktime_t t, *tp = NULL;
u32 val2 = 0;
int cmd = op & FUTEX_CMD_MASK;

if (utime && (cmd == FUTEX_WAIT || cmd == FUTEX_LOCK_PI)) {
if (copy_from_user(&ts, utime, sizeof(ts)) != 0)
return -EFAULT;
if (!timespec_valid(&ts))
return -EINVAL;

t = timespec_to_ktime(ts);
if (cmd == FUTEX_WAIT)
t = ktime_add(ktime_get(), t);
tp = &t;
return do_futex(uaddr, op, val, tp, uaddr2, val2, val3);


long do_futex(u32 __user *uaddr, int op, u32 val, ktime_t *timeout,
u32 __user *uaddr2, u32 val2, u32 val3)
int ret;
int cmd = op & FUTEX_CMD_MASK;
struct rw_semaphore *fshared = NULL;

fshared = &current->mm->mmap_sem;

switch (cmd) {
ret = futex_wait(uaddr, fshared, val, timeout);


static int futex_wait(u32 __user *uaddr, struct rw_semaphore *fshared,
u32 val, ktime_t *abs_time)
struct restart_block *restart;
restart = &current_thread_info()->restart_block;
restart->fn = futex_wait_restart;
restart->arg0 = (unsigned long)uaddr;
restart->arg1 = (unsigned long)val;
restart->arg2 = (unsigned long)abs_time;
restart->arg3 = 0;
if (fshared)
restart->arg3 |= ARG3_SHARED;

static long futex_wait_restart(struct restart_block *restart)
u32 __user *uaddr = (u32 __user *)restart->arg0;
u32 val = (u32)restart->arg1;
ktime_t *abs_time = (ktime_t *)restart->arg2;
struct rw_semaphore *fshared = NULL;

restart->fn = do_no_restart_syscall;
if (restart->arg3 & ARG3_SHARED)
fshared = &current->mm->mmap_sem;
return (long)futex_wait(uaddr, fshared, val, abs_time);

So when the futex_wait is interrupt by a signal we break out of the
hrtimer code and set up or return from signal. This code does not return
back to userspace, so we set up a RESTARTBLOCK. The bug here is that we
save the "abs_time" which is a pointer to the stack variable "ktime_t t"
from sys_futex.

This returns and unwinds the stack before we get to call our signal. On
return from the signal we go to futex_wait_restart, where we update all
the parameters for futex_wait and call it. But here we have a problem
where abs_time is no longer valid.

I verified this with print statements, and sure enough, what abs_time
was set to ends up being garbage when we get to futex_wait_restart.

The solution I did to solve this (with input from Linus Torvalds)
was to add unions to the restart_block to allow system calls to
use the restart with specific parameters. This way the futex code now
saves the time in a 64bit value in the restart block instead of storing
it on the stack.

Note: I'm a bit nervious to add "linux/types.h" and use u32 and u64
in thread_info.h, when there's a #ifdef __KERNEL__ just below that.
Not sure what that is there for. If this turns out to be a problem, I've
tested this with using "unsigned int" for u32 and "unsigned long long" for
u64 and it worked just the same. I'm using u32 and u64 just to be
consistent with what the futex code uses.

Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
Acked-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

include/linux/thread_info.h | 17 +++++++++++++++--
kernel/futex.c | 25 +++++++++++++------------
2 files changed, 28 insertions(+), 14 deletions(-)

--- a/include/linux/thread_info.h
+++ b/include/linux/thread_info.h
@@ -7,12 +7,25 @@

+#include <linux/types.h>
- * System call restart block.
+ * System call restart block.
struct restart_block {
long (*fn)(struct restart_block *);
- unsigned long arg0, arg1, arg2, arg3;
+ union {
+ struct {
+ unsigned long arg0, arg1, arg2, arg3;
+ };
+ /* For futex_wait */
+ struct {
+ u32 *uaddr;
+ u32 val;
+ u32 flags;
+ u64 time;
+ } futex;
+ };

extern long do_no_restart_syscall(struct restart_block *parm);
--- a/kernel/futex.c
+++ b/kernel/futex.c
@@ -1149,9 +1149,9 @@ static int fixup_pi_state_owner(u32 __us

* In case we must use restart_block to restart a futex_wait,
- * we encode in the 'arg3' shared capability
+ * we encode in the 'flags' shared capability
-#define ARG3_SHARED 1
+#define FLAGS_SHARED 1

static long futex_wait_restart(struct restart_block *restart);

@@ -1290,12 +1290,13 @@ static int futex_wait(u32 __user *uaddr,
struct restart_block *restart;
restart = &current_thread_info()->restart_block;
restart->fn = futex_wait_restart;
- restart->arg0 = (unsigned long)uaddr;
- restart->arg1 = (unsigned long)val;
- restart->arg2 = (unsigned long)abs_time;
- restart->arg3 = 0;
+ restart->futex.uaddr = (u32 *)uaddr;
+ restart->futex.val = val;
+ restart->futex.time = abs_time->tv64;
+ restart->futex.flags = 0;
if (fshared)
- restart->arg3 |= ARG3_SHARED;
+ restart->futex.flags |= FLAGS_SHARED;

@@ -1310,15 +1311,15 @@ static int futex_wait(u32 __user *uaddr,

static long futex_wait_restart(struct restart_block *restart)
- u32 __user *uaddr = (u32 __user *)restart->arg0;
- u32 val = (u32)restart->arg1;
- ktime_t *abs_time = (ktime_t *)restart->arg2;
+ u32 __user *uaddr = (u32 __user *)restart->futex.uaddr;
struct rw_semaphore *fshared = NULL;
+ ktime_t t;

+ t.tv64 = restart->futex.time;
restart->fn = do_no_restart_syscall;
- if (restart->arg3 & ARG3_SHARED)
+ if (restart->futex.flags & FLAGS_SHARED)
fshared = &current->mm->mmap_sem;
- return (long)futex_wait(uaddr, fshared, val, abs_time);
+ return (long)futex_wait(uaddr, fshared, restart->futex.val, &t);


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