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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] sys_personality: make sure (int)personality >= 0
On 05/27, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 05/27/2010 08:36 AM, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >
> > Change sys_personality() to ensure personality can not look like a
> > negative int. This disallows the MSB, it is not used for PER_ flags.
> >
> I'm fine with this, even though it is indeed there to support extremely
> poorly written applications (error is specifially -1, not < 0).

Completely agreed. I never liked this patch, just tried to discuss this
"problem" and report either ACK or NACK back to bugzilla.

Now I dislike it even more. I am not going to resend it, but I added
the fat note to the patch-v2 I am sending.

> However, since we almost certainly have enough brokenness in here, and
> since there definitely don't seem to be a whole lot of demand for new
> personality bits, I'm more than happy to waste bit 31 at not having to
> deal with it, ever.
> However, it would be better if we returned -EINVAL on attempts to set
> *any* of the reserved bits, not just bit 31.

If only I knew what is the supposed behaviour of sys_personality ;)

Another reason to forget this patch but add the "right" check if needed.


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