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Date:	Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:34:45 -0600
From:	Will Drewry <>
Cc:	Roland McGrath <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>,
	Kees Cook <>,
	Andrew Lutomirski <>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [kernel-hardening] Re: [PATCH v10 07/11] signal, x86: add SIGSYS
 info and make it synchronous.

On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM, Indan Zupancic <> wrote:
> On Thu, February 23, 2012 20:26, Will Drewry wrote:
>> Seems like there's an argument for another return code,
>> SECCOMP_RET_CORE, that resets/unblocks the SIGSYS handler since the
>> existing TRAP and KILL options seem to cover the other paths (signal
>> handler and do_exit).
> What about making SECCOMP_RET_TRAP dump core/send SIGSYS if there is
> no tracer with PTRACE_O_SECCOMP set? And perhaps go for a blockable
> SIGSYS? That way you only have KILL, ERRNO and TRAP, with the last
> one meaning deny, but giving someone else a chance to do something.
> Or is that just confusing?

I don't think it makes sense to mix up signal delivery for in-process
handling and ptrace. In particular, TRACE calls must assume t the
ptracer actually enacted a policy, but with TRAP as is, it always
rejects it.

> I don't think there should be too many return values, or else you
> put too much runtime policy into the filters.

I'd rather make it explicit than not.  This will be a quagmire if any
behavior is implicit.

> Sending SIGSYS is useful, but it's quite a bit less useful if user
> space can't handle it in a signal handler, so I don't think it's
> worth it to make a unblockable version.

I believe the point here would be that you'd get a useful coredump
without needing to enforce that the process can't handle normal SIGSYS
or other syscalls by blocking signal masking.

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