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Date:   Sun, 17 May 2020 21:21:56 +1000
From:   Aleksa Sarai <>
To:     Christian Brauner <>
Cc:     Kees Cook <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] seccomp: Add group_leader pid to seccomp_notif

On 2020-05-17, Christian Brauner <> wrote:
> Or... And that's more invasive but ultimately cleaner we v2 the whole
> embedd the size argument in the structs. Userspace sets the size
> argument, we use get_user() to get the size first and then
> copy_struct_from_user() to handle it cleanly based on that. A similar
> model as with sched (has other unrelated quirks because they messed up
> something too):
> static int sched_copy_attr(struct sched_attr __user *uattr, struct sched_attr *attr)
> {
> 	u32 size;
> 	int ret;
> 	/* Zero the full structure, so that a short copy will be nice: */
> 	memset(attr, 0, sizeof(*attr));
> 	ret = get_user(size, &uattr->size);
> 	if (ret)
> 		return ret;
> 	/* ABI compatibility quirk: */
> 	if (!size)
> 		size = SCHED_ATTR_SIZE_VER0;
> 	if (size < SCHED_ATTR_SIZE_VER0 || size > PAGE_SIZE)
> 		goto err_size;
> 	ret = copy_struct_from_user(attr, sizeof(*attr), uattr, size);
> 	if (ret) {
> 		if (ret == -E2BIG)
> 			goto err_size;
> 		return ret;
> 	}
> We're probably the biggest user of this right now and I'd be ok with
> that change. If it's a v2 than whatever. :)

I'm :+1: on a new version and switch to copy_struct_from_user(). I was a
little surprised when I found out that user_notif doesn't do it this
way a while ago (and although in theory it is userspace's fault, ideally
we could have an API that doesn't have built-in footguns).

Aleksa Sarai
Senior Software Engineer (Containers)
SUSE Linux GmbH

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