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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 2/8] mm: introduce external memory hinting API
Hi Jann,

On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 03:08:59PM +0100, Jann Horn wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 12:40 AM Minchan Kim <minchan@kernel.org> wrote:
> > To solve the issue, this patch introduces a new syscall process_madvise(2).
> > It uses pidfd of an external process to give the hint.
> [...]
> > + mm = mm_access(task, PTRACE_MODE_ATTACH_FSCREDS);
> > + if (IS_ERR_OR_NULL(mm)) {
> > + ret = IS_ERR(mm) ? PTR_ERR(mm) : -ESRCH;
> > + goto release_task;
> > + }
> > +
> > + ret = do_madvise(task, start, len_in, behavior);
>
> When you're accessing another task, you should ensure that the other
> task doesn't gain new privileges by executing a setuid binary in the
> middle of being accessed. mm_access() does that for you; it holds the
> ->cred_guard_mutex while it is looking up the task's ->mm and doing
> the security check. mm_access() then returns you an mm pointer that
> you're allowed to access without worrying about such things; an
> mm_struct never gains privileges, since a setuid execution creates a
> fresh mm_struct. However, the task may still execute setuid binaries
> and such things.
>
> This means that after you've looked up the mm with mm_access(), you
> have to actually *use* that pointer. You're not allowed to simply read
> task->mm yourself.
>
> Therefore, I think you should:
>
> - change patch 1/8 ("mm: pass task to do_madvise") to also pass an
> mm_struct* to do_madvise (but keep the task_struct* for patch 4/8)
> - in this patch, pass the mm_struct* from mm_access() into do_madvise()
> - drop patch 3/8 ("mm: validate mm in do_madvise"); it just papers
> over a symptom without addressing the underlying problem

Actually, it was what this patch series was doing until last version
but I changed it to reduce just *a parameter* to do_madvise.
And then, this time, I got a good advise I was not familiar.
I will fix it again.
Thanks for the review!

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