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Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2013 19:38:55 +0200
From: Oleg Nesterov <>
        Petr Matousek <>
Cc: "Eric W. Biederman" <>,
        Andy Lutomirski <>,
        David Howells <>,
Subject: [PATCH 1/1] userns: unshare_userns(&cred) should not populate cred
	on failure

unshare_userns(new_cred) does *new_cred = prepare_creds() before
create_user_ns() which can fail. However, the caller expects that
it doesn't need to take care of new_cred if unshare_userns() fails.

We could change the single caller, sys_unshare(), but I think it
would be more clean to avoid the side effects on failure, so with
this patch unshare_userns() does put_cred() itself and initializes
*new_cred only if create_user_ns() succeeeds.

Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
 kernel/user_namespace.c |   13 +++++++++----
 1 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/user_namespace.c b/kernel/user_namespace.c
index d8c30db..6e50a44 100644
--- a/kernel/user_namespace.c
+++ b/kernel/user_namespace.c
@@ -105,16 +105,21 @@ int create_user_ns(struct cred *new)
 int unshare_userns(unsigned long unshare_flags, struct cred **new_cred)
 	struct cred *cred;
+	int err = -ENOMEM;
 	if (!(unshare_flags & CLONE_NEWUSER))
 		return 0;
 	cred = prepare_creds();
-	if (!cred)
-		return -ENOMEM;
+	if (cred) {
+		err = create_user_ns(cred);
+		if (err)
+			put_cred(cred);
+		else
+			*new_cred = cred;
+	}
-	*new_cred = cred;
-	return create_user_ns(cred);
+	return err;
 void free_user_ns(struct user_namespace *ns)

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