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Date:	Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:49:53 +0200
From:	Oleg Nesterov <oleg@...hat.com>
To:	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>
Cc:	Sasha Levin <sasha.levin@...cle.com>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>,
	John Stultz <john.stultz@...aro.org>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@...il.com>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Dave Jones <davej@...hat.com>,
	Andrey Ryabinin <a.ryabinin@...sung.com>
Subject: Re: sched, timers: use after free in __lock_task_sighand when
	exiting a process

On 07/14, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>
> On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 07:45:56PM -0400, Sasha Levin wrote:
> >
> > [  876.319044] ==================================================================
> > [  876.319044] AddressSanitizer: use after free in do_raw_spin_unlock+0x4b/0x1a0 at addr ffff8803e48cec18
> > [  876.319044] page:ffffea000f923380 count:0 mapcount:0 mapping:          (null) index:0x0
> > [  876.319044] page flags: 0x2fffff80008000(tail)
> > [  876.319044] page dumped because: kasan error
> > [  876.319044] CPU: 26 PID: 8749 Comm: trinity-watchdo Tainted: G        W      3.16.0-rc4-next-20140711-sasha-00046-g07d3099-dirty #817
> > [  876.319044]  00000000000000fb 0000000000000000 ffffea000f923380 ffff8805c417fc70
> > [  876.319044]  ffffffff9de47068 ffff8805c417fd40 ffff8805c417fd30 ffffffff99426f5c
> > [  876.319044]  0000000000000010 0000000000000000 ffff8805c417fc9d 66666620000000a8
> > [  876.319044] Call Trace:
> > [  876.319044] dump_stack (lib/dump_stack.c:52)
> > [  876.319044] kasan_report_error (mm/kasan/report.c:98 mm/kasan/report.c:166)
> > [  876.319044] __asan_load8 (mm/kasan/kasan.c:364)
> > [  876.319044] do_raw_spin_unlock (./arch/x86/include/asm/current.h:14 kernel/locking/spinlock_debug.c:99 kernel/locking/spinlock_debug.c:158)
> > [  876.319044] _raw_spin_unlock (include/linux/spinlock_api_smp.h:152 kernel/locking/spinlock.c:183)
> > [  876.319044] __lock_task_sighand (include/linux/rcupdate.h:858 kernel/signal.c:1285)
> > [  876.319044] do_send_sig_info (kernel/signal.c:1191)
> > [  876.319044] group_send_sig_info (kernel/signal.c:1304)
> > [  876.319044] kill_pid_info (kernel/signal.c:1339)
> > [  876.319044] SYSC_kill (kernel/signal.c:1423 kernel/signal.c:2900)

Looks like a false alarm at first glance...

> Oleg, what guarantees the RCU free of task-struct and sighand?

> The only RCU I can find is delayed_put_task_struct() but that's not
> often used.

Yes, usually the code uses put_task_struct(). delayed_put_task_struct()
acts almost as "if (dec_and_test(usage)) kfree_rcu(), but allows to use
get_task_struct() if you observe this task under rcu_read_lock().

Say,
	rcu_read_lock();
	task = find_task_by_vpid(...);
	if (task)
		get_task_struct(task);
	rcu_read_unlock();

If release_task() used dec_and_test + kfree_rcu, the code above could
not work.

> TASK_DEAD etc. use regular put_task_struct() and that
> doesn't seem to involve RCU.

Yes, the task itself (or, depending ob pov, scheduler) has a reference.
copy_process() does

	/*
	 * One for us, one for whoever does the "release_task()" (usually
	 * parent)
	 */
	atomic_set(&tsk->usage, 2);

"us" actually means that put_task_struct(TASK_DEAD).

As for ->sighand, note that sighand_cachep is SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU. So this
memory is RCU free in a sense that it can't be returned to system, but it
can be reused by another task. This is fine, lock_task_sighand() rechecks
sighand == task->sighand under ->siglock.

So perhaps this tool misinterprets kmem_cache_free(sighand_cachep) as use
after free?

We are going to add some comments into lock_task_sighand(). And cleanup it,
it can look much simpler.

Oleg.

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