cpuset: zero malloc - fix for old cpusets
Paul Jackson [Sat, 16 Jun 2007 17:16:01 +0000 (10:16 -0700)]
The cpuset code to present a list of tasks using a cpuset to user space could
write to an array that it had kmalloc'd, after a kmalloc request of zero size.

The problem was that the code didn't check for writes past the allocated end
of the array until -after- the first write.

This is a race condition that is likely rare -- it would only show up if a
cpuset went from being empty to having a task in it, during the brief time
between the allocation and the first write.

Prior to roughly 2.6.22 kernels, this was also a benign problem, because a
zero kmalloc returned a few usable bytes anyway, and no harm was done with the
bogus write.

With the 2.6.22 kernel changes to make issue a warning if code tries to write
to the location returned from a zero size allocation, this problem is no
longer benign.  This cpuset code would occassionally trigger that warning.

The fix is trivial -- check before storing into the array, not after, whether
the array is big enough to hold the store.

Cc: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@xmission.com>
Cc: "Serge E. Hallyn" <serue@us.ibm.com>
Cc: Balbir Singh <balbir@in.ibm.com>
Cc: Dave Hansen <haveblue@us.ibm.com>
Cc: Herbert Poetzl <herbert@13thfloor.at>
Cc: Kirill Korotaev <dev@openvz.org>
Cc: Paul Menage <menage@google.com>
Cc: Srivatsa Vaddagiri <vatsa@in.ibm.com>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <clameter@sgi.com>
Signed-off-by: Paul Jackson <pj@sgi.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>

kernel/cpuset.c

index f57854b..4c49188 100644 (file)
@@ -1682,9 +1682,9 @@ static int pid_array_load(pid_t *pidarray, int npids, struct cpuset *cs)
 
        do_each_thread(g, p) {
                if (p->cpuset == cs) {
-                       pidarray[n++] = p->pid;
                        if (unlikely(n == npids))
                                goto array_full;
+                       pidarray[n++] = p->pid;
                }
        } while_each_thread(g, p);