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Date:   Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:21:44 -0700
From:   Andy Lutomirski <>
To:     Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc:     Al Viro <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Jens Axboe <>, Arnd Bergmann <>,
        David Howells <>,
        linux-arm-kernel <>,
        X86 ML <>, LKML <>,
        "open list:MIPS" <>,
        Parisc List <>,
        linuxppc-dev <>,
        linux-s390 <>,
        sparclinux <>,
        linux-block <>,
        Linux SCSI List <>,
        Linux FS Devel <>,,,
        linux-arch <>,
        Linux-MM <>,
        Network Development <>,,
        LSM List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/9] kernel: add a PF_FORCE_COMPAT flag

On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 8:16 AM Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 02:58:22PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > Said that, why not provide a variant that would take an explicit
> > "is it compat" argument and use it there?  And have the normal
> > one pass in_compat_syscall() to that...
> That would help to not introduce a regression with this series yes.
> But it wouldn't fix existing bugs when io_uring is used to access
> read or write methods that use in_compat_syscall().  One example that
> I recently ran into is drivers/scsi/sg.c.

Aside from the potentially nasty use of per-task variables, one thing
I don't like about PF_FORCE_COMPAT is that it's one-way.  If we're
going to have a generic mechanism for this, shouldn't we allow a full
override of the syscall arch instead of just allowing forcing compat
so that a compat syscall can do a non-compat operation?

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