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Subject[PATCH v3] fork: check exit_signal passed in clone3() call
Previously, higher 32 bits of exit_signal fields were lost when
copied to the kernel args structure (that uses int as a type for the
respective field). Moreover, as Oleg has noted[1], exit_signal is used
unchecked, so it has to be checked for sanity before use; for the legacy
syscalls, applying CSIGNAL mask guarantees that it is at least non-negative;
however, there's no such thing is done in clone3() code path, and that can
break at least thread_group_leader.

Adding checks that user-passed exit_signal fits into int and passes
valid_signal() check solves both of these problems.


* kernel/fork.c (copy_clone_args_from_user): Fail with -EINVAL if
args.exit_signal is greater than UINT_MAX or is not a valid signal.
(_do_fork): Note that exit_signal is expected to be checked for the
sanity by the caller.

Fixes: 7f192e3cd316 ("fork: add clone3")
Reported-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
Co-authored-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
Co-authored-by: Dmitry V. Levin <>
Signed-off-by: Eugene Syromiatnikov <>
kernel/fork.c | 11 +++++++++++
1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/fork.c b/kernel/fork.c
index 2852d0e..f98314b 100644
--- a/kernel/fork.c
+++ b/kernel/fork.c
@@ -2338,6 +2338,8 @@ struct mm_struct *copy_init_mm(void)
* It copies the process, and if successful kick-starts
* it and waits for it to finish using the VM if required.
+ *
+ * args->exit_signal is expected to be checked for sanity by the caller.
long _do_fork(struct kernel_clone_args *args)
@@ -2562,6 +2564,15 @@ noinline static int copy_clone_args_from_user(struct kernel_clone_args *kargs,
if (copy_from_user(&args, uargs, size))
return -EFAULT;

+ /*
+ * Two separate checks are needed, as valid_signal() takes unsigned long
+ * as an argument, and struct kernel_clone_args uses int type
+ * for the exit_signal field.
+ */
+ if (unlikely((args.exit_signal > UINT_MAX) ||
+ !valid_signal(args.exit_signal)))
+ return -EINVAL;
*kargs = (struct kernel_clone_args){
.flags = args.flags,
.pidfd = u64_to_user_ptr(args.pidfd),
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