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SubjectRe: [PATCH] signal: remove the wrong signal_pending() check in restore_user_sigmask()
Linus Torvalds <> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 6:41 AM Oleg Nesterov <> wrote:
> >
> > This is the minimal fix for stable, I'll send cleanups later.
> Ugh. I htink this is correct, but I wish we had a better and more
> intuitive interface.

I had the same thoughts, but am not a regular kernel hacker,
so I didn't say anything earlier.

> In particular, since restore_user_sigmask() basically wants to check
> for "signal_pending()" anyway (to decide if the mask should be
> restored by signal handling or by that function), I really get the
> feeling that a lot of these patterns like
> > - restore_user_sigmask(ksig.sigmask, &sigsaved);
> > - if (signal_pending(current) && !ret)
> > +
> > + interrupted = signal_pending(current);
> > + restore_user_sigmask(ksig.sigmask, &sigsaved, interrupted);
> > + if (interrupted && !ret)
> are wrong to begin with, and we really should aim for an interface
> which says "tell me whether you completed the system call, and I'll
> give you an error return if not".
> How about we make restore_user_sigmask() take two return codes: the
> 'ret' we already have, and the return we would get if there is a
> signal pending and w're currently returning zero.
> IOW, I think the above could become
> ret = restore_user_sigmask(ksig.sigmask, &sigsaved, ret, -ERESTARTHAND);
> instead if we just made the right interface decision.

But that falls down if ret were ever expected to match several
similar error codes (not sure if it happens)

When I was considering fixing this on my own a few weeks ago, I
was looking for an inline that could quickly tell if `ret' was
any of the EINTR-like error codes; but couldn't find one...

It'd probably end up being switch/case statement so I'm not sure
if it'd be too big and slow or not...

The caller would just do:

ret = restore_user_sigmask(ksig.sigmask, &sigsaved, ret);

And restore_user_sigmask would call some "was_interrupted(ret)"
inline which could return true if `ret' matched any of the
too-many-to-keep-track-of EINTR-like codes. But I figured
there's probably a good reason it did not exist, already *shrug*

/me goes back to the wonderful world of userspace...

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