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Date:	Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:00:29 +0100
From:	Oleg Nesterov <>
To:	Andrew Morton <>
Cc:	Aaron Tomlin <>,
	"Eric W. Biederman" <>,
	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Roland McGrath <>,
	Sterling Alexander <>,
Subject: [PATCH 2/5] exit: reparent: use ->ptrace_entry rather than
	->sibling for EXIT_DEAD tasks

reparent_leader() reuses ->sibling as a list node to add an EXIT_DEAD
task into dead_children list we are going to release. This obviously
removes the dead task from its real_parent->children list and this is
even good; the parent can do nothing with the EXIT_DEAD reparented
zombie, it only makes do_wait() slower.

But, this also means that it can not be reparented once again, so if
its new parent dies too nobody will update ->parent/real_parent, they
can point to the freed memory even before release_task() we are going
to call, this breaks the code which relies on pid_alive() to access

Fortunately this is mostly theoretical, this can only happen if init
or PR_SET_CHILD_SUBREAPER process ignores SIGCHLD and the new parent
sub-thread exits right after we drop tasklist_lock.

Change this code to use ->ptrace_entry instead, we know that the child
is not traced so nobody can ever use this member. This also allows to
unify this logic with exit_ptrace(), see the next changes.

Note: we really need to change release_task() to nullify real_parent/
parent/group_leader pointers, but we need to change the current users
first somehow. And it would be better to reap this zombie immediately
but release_task_locked() we need is complicated by proc_flush_task().

Signed-off-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
 kernel/exit.c |    6 +++---
 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/exit.c b/kernel/exit.c
index 5d30019..4a9b4c0 100644
--- a/kernel/exit.c
+++ b/kernel/exit.c
@@ -548,7 +548,7 @@ static void reparent_leader(struct task_struct *father, struct task_struct *p,
 	    p->exit_state == EXIT_ZOMBIE && thread_group_empty(p)) {
 		if (do_notify_parent(p, p->exit_signal)) {
 			p->exit_state = EXIT_DEAD;
-			list_move_tail(&p->sibling, dead);
+			list_add(&p->ptrace_entry, dead);
@@ -587,8 +587,8 @@ static void forget_original_parent(struct task_struct *father)
-	list_for_each_entry_safe(p, n, &dead_children, sibling) {
-		list_del_init(&p->sibling);
+	list_for_each_entry_safe(p, n, &dead_children, ptrace_entry) {
+		list_del_init(&p->ptrace_entry);

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