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Date:   Tue, 12 May 2020 20:54:40 -0400
From:   Rafael Aquini <>
To:     Luis Chamberlain <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] kernel: sysctl: ignore out-of-range taint bits
 introduced via kernel.tainted

On Wed, May 13, 2020 at 12:39:53AM +0000, Luis Chamberlain wrote:
> On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 06:39:46PM -0400, Rafael Aquini wrote:
> > Users with SYS_ADMIN capability can add arbitrary taint flags
> > to the running kernel by writing to /proc/sys/kernel/tainted
> > or issuing the command 'sysctl -w kernel.tainted=...'.

I just notice 2 minor 'screw ups' on my part in the commit log:

> > These interface, however, are open for any integer value
This one probably needs to be reprhased as:
 "The interface, however, is ... "

> > and this might an invalid set of flags being committed to
and I'm missing a verb here, as it should read:
 "and this might cause an invalid ... "

I hope these are easy fixes, in the pre-merge step. (Sorry!)

> > the tainted_mask bitset.
> > 
> > This patch introduces a simple way for proc_taint() to ignore
> > any eventual invalid bit coming from the user input before
> > committing those bits to the kernel tainted_mask.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Rafael Aquini <>
> Reviewed-by: Luis Chamberlain <>

-- Rafael

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