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Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2019 07:44:00 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
To:, Joshua Hudson <>
Subject: Re: Re: Hangup calling setuid() from vfork() child

On Tue, Oct 01, 2019 at 11:29:08AM +0200, Szabolcs Nagy wrote:
> * 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

Note that this entire problem would go away if Linux would finally
give us a working multithreaded credentials-change syscall...


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