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Subject[PATCH 2.6.32 32/62] __ptrace_may_access() should not deny sub-threads
2.6.32-longterm review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Mark Grondona <>

commit 73af963f9f3036dffed55c3a2898598186db1045 upstream.

__ptrace_may_access() checks get_dumpable/ptrace_has_cap/etc if task !=
current, this can can lead to surprising results.

For example, a sub-thread can't readlink("/proc/self/exe") if the
executable is not readable. setup_new_exec()->would_dump() notices that
inode_permission(MAY_READ) fails and then it does
set_dumpable(suid_dumpable). After that get_dumpable() fails.

(It is not clear why proc_pid_readlink() checks get_dumpable(), perhaps we

Change __ptrace_may_access() to use same_thread_group() instead of "task
== current". Any security check is pointless when the tasks share the
same ->mm.

Signed-off-by: Mark Grondona <>
Signed-off-by: Ben Woodard <>
Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>
Cc: Sheng Yong <>
(cherry picked from commit f062bd6e420a064a19563b80c26d746b0262e404)

Signed-off-by: Willy Tarreau <>
kernel/ptrace.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/ptrace.c b/kernel/ptrace.c
index 03da336..426b0c8 100644
--- a/kernel/ptrace.c
+++ b/kernel/ptrace.c
@@ -169,7 +169,7 @@ int __ptrace_may_access(struct task_struct *task, unsigned int mode)
int dumpable = 0;
/* Don't let security modules deny introspection */
- if (task == current)
+ if (same_thread_group(task, current))
return 0;
tcred = __task_cred(task);

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