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Subject[PATCH 1/5] ptrace: don't modify flags on PTRACE_SETOPTIONS failure
On ptrace(PTRACE_SETOPTIONS, pid, 0, <opts>), we used to set
those option bits which are known, and then fail with -EINVAL
if there are some unknown bits in <opts>.

This in inconsistent with typical error handling, which
does not change any state if input is invalid.

This patch changes PTRACE_SETOPTIONS behavior so that
in this case, we return -EINVAL and don't change any bits
in task->ptrace.

It's very unlikely that there is userspace code in the wild which
will be affected by this change: it should have the form


where PTRACE_O_BOGUSOPT is a constant unknown to the kernel.
But kernel headers, naturally, don't contain any
PTRACE_O_BOGUSOPTs, thus the only way userspace can use one
if it defines one itself. I can't see why anyone would do such
a thing deliberately.

Signed-off-by: Denys Vlasenko <>
Acked-by: Tejun Heo <>
kernel/ptrace.c | 5 ++++-
1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/ptrace.c b/kernel/ptrace.c
index 00ab2ca..273f56e 100644
--- a/kernel/ptrace.c
+++ b/kernel/ptrace.c
@@ -528,6 +528,9 @@ int ptrace_writedata(struct task_struct *tsk, char __user *src, unsigned long ds

static int ptrace_setoptions(struct task_struct *child, unsigned long data)
+ if (data & ~(unsigned long)PTRACE_O_MASK)
+ return -EINVAL;
child->ptrace &= ~PT_TRACE_MASK;

@@ -551,7 +554,7 @@ static int ptrace_setoptions(struct task_struct *child, unsigned long data)
child->ptrace |= PT_TRACE_EXIT;

- return (data & ~PTRACE_O_MASK) ? -EINVAL : 0;
+ return 0;

static int ptrace_getsiginfo(struct task_struct *child, siginfo_t *info)

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