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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/4] binfmt_elf: Take the mmap lock around find_extend_vma()
On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 6:20 PM Jann Horn <> wrote:
> create_elf_tables() runs after setup_new_exec(), so other tasks can
> already access our new mm and do things like process_madvise() on it.
> (At the time I'm writing this commit, process_madvise() is not in mainline
> yet, but has been in akpm's tree for some time.)
> While I believe that there are currently no APIs that would actually allow
> another process to mess up our VMA tree (process_madvise() is limited to
> MADV_COLD and MADV_PAGEOUT, and uring and userfaultfd cannot reach an mm
> under which no syscalls have been executed yet), this seems like an
> accident waiting to happen.
> Let's make sure that we always take the mmap lock around GUP paths as long
> as another process might be able to see the mm.
> (Yes, this diff looks suspicious because we drop the lock before doing
> anything with `vma`, but that's because we actually don't do anything with
> it apart from the NULL check.)
> Signed-off-by: Jann Horn <>

Thanks for these cleanups :)
Acked-by: Michel Lespinasse <>

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