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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/1] turn mm->exe_file into mm->exe_path
On 03/05, Matt Helsley wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 05, 2012 at 04:28:26PM +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >
> > Unless there was another subtle reason, "struct path *exe_path"
> > can equally work but it looks more clear.
> PATCH 1/1 looks fine. I think Alexey Dobriyan was working on a similar
> patch years ago.

Good, can I take the above as your Acked-by/Reviewed-by ?

> > And can't we also remove added_exe_file_vma/removed_exe_file_vma?
> > Why do we need mm->num_exe_file_vmas? Afaics it is only needed to
> > "free" mm->exe_file if the application unmaps all these vmas. Say,
> > to allow to unmount fs.
> Yup. I know it's not pretty to have to track the exe file refs this way
> but I couldn't see any other way to keep a reference to the file (or
> path) and avoid pinning the mounted filesystem the exectuable is on.
> > Can't we simply add PR_CLEAR_MM_EXE_PATH instead? Of course it is
> > not enough if ->vm_file still has a reference. But c/r people want
> Relying solely on this prctl would break existing programs.

so we can't :/ I expected this answer.

> I believe Al
> Viro's example was a program that copies its text to a new executable
> area, unmaps the original, performs a pivot_root(), and finally umounts
> the old root. Removing the counter would cause the mount to be pinned
> for these programs and the umount would fail.

Yes, sure, the application should do PR_SET_MM_EXE_PATH(NULL) after unmap.
I am wondering if there is any apllication which actually does this.

But OK, it is hardly possible to argue with "break existing program".



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