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Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2019 11:29:08 +0200
From: Szabolcs Nagy <>
Cc: Joshua Hudson <>
Subject: Re: Re: Hangup calling setuid() from vfork() child

* Florian Weimer <> [2019-10-01 07:54:56 +0200]:
> * Joshua Hudson:
> >> Basically, the vfork() child is in an invalid state and this cannot
> >> be repaired without damaging the parent.
> >
> > Works on glibc just fine.
> Are you sure it's changing the credentials of the right TIDs?

i don't think it works on glibc (or any other linux
libc for that matter) reliably because the child uses
parent data structures to sync with concurrent threads
and the child also clobbers the errno of the parent.

but it will work usually on glibc because the signals
are sent with tgkill which uses getpid + target tid and
that will just fail because of the pid mismatch, i think
glibc will only deadlock if the parent concurrently
fiddles with the thread stack list.

in any case setuid is not supportable after vfork on linux
so i don't think musl should change, glibc may want to make
it fail somehow to ensure users don't get the wrong idea.

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