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On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM, Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I originally posted this two years ago (*) but received no response.
>> I just had a look and the problem still exists on the 3.14 kernel
>> I am currently running.
>>
>> I *think* I've uncovered a race condition bug in procfs.
>> If I attempt to open a file in /proc/net, eg "/proc/net/tcp"
>> it works fine, but if I spawn a POSIX thread and attempt to do it
>> from there, it *usually* fails with a "No such file or directory",
>> but some times succeeds. If I do a system call inside the thread
>> to look up the thread ID and then open "/proc/THREADID/net/tcp"
>> instead, it works fine.
>>
>> There are more details and some example code
>> so you can replicate the problem on a stack overflow question
>> I asked previously here:
>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11580020/opening-proc-net-tcp-in-c-from-a-posix-thread-fails-most-of-the-time
>>
>> (*) https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/7/20/331
>
> Mike,
>
> as was correctly notes on SO, what's happening is that original thread exits
> before spawned thread does open().
>
> ->lookup
> proc_tgid_net_lookup
> get_proc_task_net
> nsproxy = NULL <== thread is dead
> ENOENT
>
> This was probably broken when /proc/net became symlink:
>
> commit e9720acd728a46cb40daa52c99a979f7c4ff195c
> Author: Pavel Emelyanov <xemul@openvz.org>
> Date: Fri Mar 7 11:08:40 2008 -0800
>
> [NET]: Make /proc/net a symlink on /proc/self/net (v3)
>
>
> So, userspace has two solutions:
> 1) original thread doesn't exit too early
> 2) spawned thread uses /proc/$TID
>
>
> So,
> we definitely broke /proc/net/tcp somewhere after netns concept was introduced.
>
> But,
> you'd have very same problem with other /proc files (anything under
> /proc/$PID/).
>
> Alexey
>
>
> #include <sys/types.h>
> #include <sys/stat.h>
> #include <fcntl.h>
> #include <stdio.h>
> #include <pthread.h>
> #include <unistd.h>
>
> void *f(void *_)
> {
> int fd;
>
> sleep(1);
>
> fd = open("/proc/net/tcp", O_RDONLY);
> if (fd == -1) {
> fprintf(stderr, "FAIL\n");
> return NULL;
> }
> fprintf(stderr, "OK\n");
> return NULL;
> }
>
> int main(void)
> {
> pthread_t thread;
>
> pthread_create(&thread, NULL, f, NULL);
> pthread_exit(0);
> return 0;
> }


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