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Date:	Sun, 3 Jul 2011 14:39:25 +0400
From:	Vasiliy Kulikov <>
To:	Linus Torvalds <>
Subject: [PATCH] proc: fix a race in do_io_accounting()

There is a ptrace_may_access() check in do_io_accounting() to prevent
gathering information of setuid'ed and similar binaries.  However, there
is a race against execve().  Holding task->signal->cred_guard_mutex
while gathering the information should protect against the race.

The order of locking is similar to the one inside of
ptrace_attach(): first goes cred_guard_mutex, then lock_task_sighand().

Signed-off-by: Vasiliy Kulikov <>
 fs/proc/base.c |   10 ++++++++--
 1 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/proc/base.c b/fs/proc/base.c
index 083a4f2..c605ee1 100644
--- a/fs/proc/base.c
+++ b/fs/proc/base.c
@@ -2711,9 +2711,12 @@ static int do_io_accounting(struct task_struct *task, char *buffer, int whole)
 	struct task_io_accounting acct = task->ioac;
 	unsigned long flags;
+	int result = -EACCES;
+	mutex_lock(&task->signal->cred_guard_mutex);
 	if (!ptrace_may_access(task, PTRACE_MODE_READ))
-		return -EACCES;
+		goto out_unlock;
 	if (whole && lock_task_sighand(task, &flags)) {
 		struct task_struct *t = task;
@@ -2724,7 +2727,7 @@ static int do_io_accounting(struct task_struct *task, char *buffer, int whole)
 		unlock_task_sighand(task, &flags);
-	return sprintf(buffer,
+	result = sprintf(buffer,
 			"rchar: %llu\n"
 			"wchar: %llu\n"
 			"syscr: %llu\n"
@@ -2739,6 +2742,9 @@ static int do_io_accounting(struct task_struct *task, char *buffer, int whole)
 			(unsigned long long)acct.read_bytes,
 			(unsigned long long)acct.write_bytes,
 			(unsigned long long)acct.cancelled_write_bytes);
+	mutex_unlock(&task->signal->cred_guard_mutex);
+	return result;
 static int proc_tid_io_accounting(struct task_struct *task, char *buffer)
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