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Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 14:51:54 +0900 (JST)
From: KOSAKI Motohiro <>
To: Oleg Nesterov <>
Cc:, Roland McGrath <>,
        Linus Torvalds <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,,,
        Solar Designer <>,
        Kees Cook <>, Al Viro <>,
        Neil Horman <>,,,
        "Brad Spengler <>, Eugene Teo" <>,
        KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] move cred_guard_mutex from task_struct to signal_struct

> On 09/10, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> >
> > 1) moving cread_guard_mutex itself
> >    - no increase execve overhead
> > 	-> very good
> >    - it also prevent parallel ptrace
> No, it doesn't. Only PTRACE_ATTACH needs this mutex, and as Roland
> pointed out it also needs write_lock(tasklist) which is worse. So
> this change doesn't make any practical harm for ptrace.

I see, thanks.

> > 2) move in_exec_mm to signal_struct too
> >    -> very hard. oom-killer can use very few lock because it's called
> >       from various place. now both ->mm and ->in_exec_mm are protected
> >       task_lock() and it help to avoid messy.
> Yes. But, if ->in_exec_mm is only used by oom_badness(), then I think
> you can use task_lock(tsk->group_leader). oom_badness() needs tasklist
> anyway, this means it can't race with de_thread() changing the leader.
> But up to you.

Good idea. will fix.

> Another very minor nit (but again, up to you). Perhaps exec_mmap()
> could clear ->in_exec_mm (in task_struct or signal_struct, this doesnt
> matter), it takes task_lock(current) anyway (and at this point current
> is always the group leader).

Thanks. will fix.

> > Let's move ->cred_guard_mutex from task_struct to signal_struct. It
> > naturally prevent multiple-threads-inside-exec.
> Reviewed-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
> This is very minor, but perhaps you can also fix a couple of comments
> which mention task->cred_guard_mutex,
> 	fs/exec.c:1109		the caller must hold current->cred_guard_mutex
> 	kernel/cred.c:328	The caller must hold current->cred_guard_mutex
> 	include/linux/tracehook.h:153	@task->cred_guard_mutex

Will fix, of cource.

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