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Subject[PATCH] mm_release: Do a set_fs(USER_DS) before handling clear_child_tid.
If a user manages to trigger a kernel BUG() or page fault with fs set to
KERNEL_DS, fs is not otherwise reset before do_exit(), allowing the user to
write a 0 to an arbitrary address in kernel memory.

Signed-off-by: Nelson Elhage <>
AFAICT this is presently only triggerable in the presence of another bug, but
this potentially turns a lot of DoS bugs into privilege escalation, so it's
worth fixing. Among other things, sock_no_sendpage and the kernel_{read,write}v
calls in splice.c make it easy to call an awful lot of the kernel under

This isn't the only way we could fix this -- we could put the set_fs() at the
start of do_exit, or in all the callers that might call potentially do_exit with
KERNEL_DS set, or else we could do an access_ok inside fork(). I'm happy to put
together one of those patches if someone thinks another approach makes more

kernel/fork.c | 5 +++++
1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/fork.c b/kernel/fork.c
index 3b159c5..a68445e 100644
--- a/kernel/fork.c
+++ b/kernel/fork.c
@@ -636,7 +636,12 @@ void mm_release(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm)
* We don't check the error code - if userspace has
* not set up a proper pointer then tough luck.
+ *
+ * We do set_fs() explicitly in case this task
+ * exited while inside set_fs(KERNEL_DS) for
+ * some reason (e.g. on a BUG()).
+ set_fs(USER_DS);
put_user(0, tsk->clear_child_tid);
sys_futex(tsk->clear_child_tid, FUTEX_WAKE,
1, NULL, NULL, 0);

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