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[v2,1/2] clone3: add CLONE3_CLEAR_SIGHAND

Message ID 20191011102537.27502-1-christian.brauner@ubuntu.com
State Not Applicable
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Christian Brauner Oct. 11, 2019, 10:25 a.m. UTC
Reset all signal handlers of the child not set to SIG_IGN to SIG_DFL.
Mutually exclusive with CLONE_SIGHAND to not disturb other thread's
signal handler.

In the spirit of closer cooperation between glibc developers and kernel
developers (cf. [2]) this patchset came out of a discussion on the glibc
mailing list for improving posix_spawn() (cf. [1], [3], [4]). Kernel
support for this feature has been explicitly requested by glibc and I
see no reason not to help them with this.

The child helper process on Linux posix_spawn must ensure that no signal
handlers are enabled, so the signal disposition must be either SIG_DFL
or SIG_IGN. However, it requires a sigprocmask to obtain the current
signal mask and at least _NSIG sigaction calls to reset the signal
handlers for each posix_spawn call or complex state tracking that might
lead to data corruption in glibc. Adding this flags lets glibc avoid
these problems.

[1]: https://www.sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2019-10/msg00149.html
[3]: https://www.sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2019-10/msg00158.html
[4]: https://www.sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2019-10/msg00160.html
[2]: https://lwn.net/Articles/799331/
     '[...] by asking for better cooperation with the C-library projects
     in general. They should be copied on patches containing ABI
     changes, for example. I noted that there are often times where
     C-library developers wish the kernel community had done things
     differently; how could those be avoided in the future? Members of
     the audience suggested that more glibc developers should perhaps
     join the linux-api list. The other suggestion was to "copy Florian
     on everything".'
Cc: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>
Cc: Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com>
Cc: libc-alpha@sourceware.org
Cc: linux-api@vger.kernel.org
Signed-off-by: Christian Brauner <christian.brauner@ubuntu.com>
/* v1 */
Link: https://lore.kernel.org/r/20191010133518.5420-1-christian.brauner@ubuntu.com

/* v2 */
- Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com>:
  - update comment in clone3_args_valid()
 include/uapi/linux/sched.h |  3 +++
 kernel/fork.c              | 16 +++++++++++-----
 2 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
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diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/sched.h b/include/uapi/linux/sched.h
index 99335e1f4a27..c583720f689f 100644
--- a/include/uapi/linux/sched.h
+++ b/include/uapi/linux/sched.h
@@ -33,6 +33,9 @@ 
 #define CLONE_NEWNET		0x40000000	/* New network namespace */
 #define CLONE_IO		0x80000000	/* Clone io context */
+/* Flags for the clone3() syscall */
+#define CLONE3_CLEAR_SIGHAND 0x100000000ULL /* Clear any signal handler and reset to SIG_DFL. */
 #ifndef __ASSEMBLY__
  * struct clone_args - arguments for the clone3 syscall
diff --git a/kernel/fork.c b/kernel/fork.c
index 1f6c45f6a734..0a0269cb2c18 100644
--- a/kernel/fork.c
+++ b/kernel/fork.c
@@ -1517,6 +1517,11 @@  static int copy_sighand(unsigned long clone_flags, struct task_struct *tsk)
 	memcpy(sig->action, current->sighand->action, sizeof(sig->action));
+	/* Reset all signal handler not set to SIG_IGN to SIG_DFL. */
+	if (clone_flags & CLONE3_CLEAR_SIGHAND)
+		flush_signal_handlers(tsk, 0);
 	return 0;
@@ -2563,11 +2568,8 @@  noinline static int copy_clone_args_from_user(struct kernel_clone_args *kargs,
 static bool clone3_args_valid(const struct kernel_clone_args *kargs)
-	/*
-	 * All lower bits of the flag word are taken.
-	 * Verify that no other unknown flags are passed along.
-	 */
-	if (kargs->flags & ~CLONE_LEGACY_FLAGS)
+	/* Verify that no unknown flags are passed along. */
+	if (kargs->flags & ~(CLONE_LEGACY_FLAGS | CLONE3_CLEAR_SIGHAND))
 		return false;
@@ -2577,6 +2579,10 @@  static bool clone3_args_valid(const struct kernel_clone_args *kargs)
 	if (kargs->flags & (CLONE_DETACHED | CSIGNAL))
 		return false;
+	if ((kargs->flags & (CLONE_SIGHAND | CLONE3_CLEAR_SIGHAND)) ==
+		return false;
 	if ((kargs->flags & (CLONE_THREAD | CLONE_PARENT)) &&
 		return false;