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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 09/11] seccomp: introduce writer locking
On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:55 AM, Oleg Nesterov <> wrote:
> On 07/09, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
>> On 06/27, Kees Cook wrote:
>> >
>> > static u32 seccomp_run_filters(int syscall)
>> > {
>> > - struct seccomp_filter *f;
>> > + struct seccomp_filter *f = ACCESS_ONCE(current->seccomp.filter);
>> I am not sure...
>> This is fine if this ->filter is the 1st (and only) one, in this case
>> we can rely on rmb() in the caller.
>> But the new filter can be installed at any moment. Say, right after that
>> rmb() although this doesn't matter. Either we need smp_read_barrier_depends()
>> after that, or smp_load_acquire() like the previous version did?
> Wait... and it seems that seccomp_sync_threads() needs smp_store_release()
> when it sets thread->filter = current->filter by the same reason?
> OTOH. smp_store_release() in seccomp_attach_filter() can die, "current"
> doesn't need a barrier to serialize with itself.

I have lost track of what you're suggesting to change. :)

Since rmb() happens before run_filters, isn't the ACCESS_ONCE
sufficient? We only care that TIF_SECCOMP, mode, and some filter is
valid. In a tsync thread race, it's okay to use not use the deepest
filter node in the list, it just needs A filter.


Kees Cook
Chrome OS Security

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