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    Subject[10/16] Make TASKSTATS require root access
    2.6.32-longterm review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


    From: Linus Torvalds <>

    commit 1a51410abe7d0ee4b1d112780f46df87d3621043 upstream.

    Ok, this isn't optimal, since it means that 'iotop' needs admin
    capabilities, and we may have to work on this some more. But at the
    same time it is very much not acceptable to let anybody just read
    anybody elses IO statistics quite at this level.

    Use of the GENL_ADMIN_PERM suggested by Johannes Berg as an alternative
    to checking the capabilities by hand.

    Reported-by: Vasiliy Kulikov <>
    Cc: Johannes Berg <>
    Acked-by: Balbir Singh <>
    Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
    Cc: Moritz Mühlenhoff <>
    Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

    kernel/taskstats.c | 1 +
    1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

    --- a/kernel/taskstats.c
    +++ b/kernel/taskstats.c
    @@ -592,6 +592,7 @@ static struct genl_ops taskstats_ops = {
    .doit = taskstats_user_cmd,
    .policy = taskstats_cmd_get_policy,
    + .flags = GENL_ADMIN_PERM,

    static struct genl_ops cgroupstats_ops = {

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