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Subject[PATCH] fs: Allow opening only regular files during execve().
On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Eric Biggers <> wrote:
> I'm not sure what the fix will be. Maybe the proc handlers should take a
> different lock instead of cred_guard_mutex. Or perhaps execve should check that
> the file is a regular file before it attempts to open it.

We can easily distinguish open() from execve() and open() from others. ;-)

From a8c559566f743eeec31c3cf5bab7a90b1ff7f78b Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Tetsuo Handa <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:55:11 +0900
Subject: [PATCH] fs: Allow opening only regular files during execve().

syzbot is hitting lockdep warning [1] due to trying to open a fifo during
an execve() operation. But we don't need to open non regular files during
an execve() operation, for all files which we will need are the executable
file itself, the interpreter program, and libraries like
required by the executable file or the interpreter program.

Since the manpage for execve(2) says that execve() returns EACCES when
the file or a script interpreter is not a regular file, and we set
current->in_execve flag during an execve() operation, let's bail out
when current thread tried to open a non regular file during an execve()


Reported-by: syzbot <>
Signed-off-by: Tetsuo Handa <>
fs/open.c | 6 ++++++
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/open.c b/fs/open.c
index 0285ce7dbd51..b2e7b04ade46 100644
--- a/fs/open.c
+++ b/fs/open.c
@@ -733,6 +733,12 @@ static int do_dentry_open(struct file *f,
return 0;

+ /* The file or a script interpreter has to be a regular file. */
+ if (unlikely(current->in_execve && !S_ISREG(inode->i_mode))) {
+ error = -EACCES;
+ goto cleanup_file;
+ }
if (f->f_mode & FMODE_WRITE && !special_file(inode->i_mode)) {
error = get_write_access(inode);
if (unlikely(error))
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