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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] seccomp: notify user trap about unused filter
On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 3:59 AM Kees Cook <> wrote:
> On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 01:16:46AM +0200, Christian Brauner wrote:
> > I'm also starting to think this isn't even possible or currently doable
> > safely.
> > The fdtable in the kernel would end up with a dangling pointer, I would
> > think. Unless you backtrack all fds that still have a reference into the
> > fdtable and refer to that file and close them all in the kernel which I
> > don't think is possible and also sounds very dodgy. This also really
> > seems like we would be breaking a major contract, namely that fds stay
> > valid until userspace calls close, execve(), or exits.
> Right, I think I was just using the wrong words? I was looking at it
> like a pipe, or a socket, where you still have an fd, but reads return
> 0, you might get SIGPIPE, etc. The VFS clearly knows what a
> "disconnected" fd is, and I had assumed there was general logic for it
> to indicate "I'm not here any more".

Nope. For example, pipes have manual checks based on pipe->readers and
pipe->writers, and manually send SIGPIPE and stuff from inside
fs/pipe.c. And pipes are not actually permanently "disconnected" -
someone can e.g. open a pipe that previously had no readers in read
mode, and suddenly you can write to it again.

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