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Subject[PATCH v4 02/15] exec: Correct comments about "point of no return"
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In commit 221af7f87b97 ("Split 'flush_old_exec' into two functions"),
the comment about the point of no return should have stayed in
flush_old_exec() since it refers to "bprm->mm = NULL;" line, but prior
changes in commits c89681ed7d0e ("remove steal_locks()"), and
fd8328be874f ("sanitize handling of shared descriptor tables in failing
execve()") made it look like it meant the current->sas_ss_sp line instead.

The comment was referring to the fact that once bprm->mm is NULL, all
failures from a binfmt load_binary hook (e.g. load_elf_binary), will
get SEGV raised against current. Move this comment and expand the
explanation a bit, putting it above the assignment this time, and add
details about the true nature of "point of no return" being the call
to flush_old_exec() itself.

This also removes an erroneous commet about when credentials are being
installed. That has its own dedicated function, install_exec_creds(),
which carries a similar (and correct) comment, so remove the bogus comment
where installation is not actually happening.

Cc: David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>
Cc: Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com>
Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
Acked-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@xmission.com>
Acked-by: Serge Hallyn <serge@hallyn.com>
---
fs/exec.c | 16 +++++++++++++---
1 file changed, 13 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/exec.c b/fs/exec.c
index cedae1620d2f..90bd5b85814f 100644
--- a/fs/exec.c
+++ b/fs/exec.c
@@ -1238,6 +1238,12 @@ void __set_task_comm(struct task_struct *tsk, const char *buf, bool exec)
perf_event_comm(tsk, exec);
}

+/*
+ * Calling this is the point of no return. None of the failures will be
+ * seen by userspace since either the process is already taking a fatal
+ * signal (via de_thread() or coredump), or will have SEGV raised
+ * (after exec_mmap()) by search_binary_handlers (see below).
+ */
int flush_old_exec(struct linux_binprm * bprm)
{
int retval;
@@ -1265,7 +1271,13 @@ int flush_old_exec(struct linux_binprm * bprm)
if (retval)
goto out;

- bprm->mm = NULL; /* We're using it now */
+ /*
+ * After clearing bprm->mm (to mark that current is using the
+ * prepared mm now), we have nothing left of the original
+ * process. If anything from here on returns an error, the check
+ * in search_binary_handler() will SEGV current.
+ */
+ bprm->mm = NULL;

set_fs(USER_DS);
current->flags &= ~(PF_RANDOMIZE | PF_FORKNOEXEC | PF_KTHREAD |
@@ -1312,7 +1324,6 @@ void setup_new_exec(struct linux_binprm * bprm)
{
arch_pick_mmap_layout(current->mm);

- /* This is the point of no return */
current->sas_ss_sp = current->sas_ss_size = 0;

if (uid_eq(current_euid(), current_uid()) && gid_eq(current_egid(), current_gid()))
@@ -1330,7 +1341,6 @@ void setup_new_exec(struct linux_binprm * bprm)
*/
current->mm->task_size = TASK_SIZE;

- /* install the new credentials */
if (!uid_eq(bprm->cred->uid, current_euid()) ||
!gid_eq(bprm->cred->gid, current_egid())) {
current->pdeath_signal = 0;
--
2.7.4
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