[BUG] mmotm-081130: null pointer deref in sigkill_pending()

From: Lee Schermerhorn
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 08:19:44 EST

While testing mmotm [11/29, 11/30, likely in 12/01], I came across the
following bug after ~2 hours of heavy stress on x86_64 [same bug/trace
hit on ia64]:

BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000038
IP: [<ffffffff8024e679>] sigkill_pending+0x19/0x30
PGD 63be12067 PUD 7fd0cc067 PMD 0
last sysfs file: /sys/block/hda/removable
Modules linked in: sunrpc ipv6 dm_mirror dm_region_hash dm_log dm_mod rfkill input_polldev pci_slot parport_pc lp parport ide_cd_mod cdrom serio_raw hpilo hpwdt button amd_rng pata_acpi i2c_amd756 libata i2c_core pcspkr mptspi mptscsih sym53c8xx scsi_transport_spi sd_mod scsi_mod mptbase ext3 jbd ehci_hcd ohci_hcd uhci_hcd
Pid: 19530, comm: ps Not tainted 2.6.28-rc6-mmotm-081130-2235 #10
RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff8024e679>] [<ffffffff8024e679>] sigkill_pending+0x19/0x30
RSP: 0018:ffff8806a64efd38 EFLAGS: 00010246
RAX: 0000000000000000 RBX: 000000000000000e RCX: ffff8805fc96fb00
RDX: ffff8806a64efe38 RSI: 00007fff62423000 RDI: ffff88020c87abe0
RBP: ffff8806a64efd38 R08: 0000000000000000 R09: ffff8806a64efe30
R10: 0000000000000002 R11: 0000000000000000 R12: ffff8805fc96fb00
R13: 0000000000000000 R14: 0000000000000010 R15: ffff8806a64efe30
FS: 00007f32d4ac46f0(0000) GS:ffff8807fed46d80(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
CS: 0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 000000008005003b
CR2: 0000000000000038 CR3: 0000000784571000 CR4: 00000000000006e0
DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400
Process ps (pid: 19530, threadinfo ffff8806a64ee000, task ffff88062cf6d7c0)
ffff8806a64efdb8 ffffffff80298986 0000000000000001 ffff88062cf6d7c0
ffff8803ad100680 ffff88020c87abe0 0000000000000000 ffff8806a64efe38
ffff8806a64efe30 00000001804f0765 00007fff624236be 0000000000000000
Call Trace:
[<ffffffff80298986>] __get_user_pages+0x166/0x440
[<ffffffff80298c92>] get_user_pages+0x32/0x40
[<ffffffff80298dab>] access_process_vm+0x10b/0x1e0
[<ffffffff8030bd60>] proc_pid_cmdline+0x90/0x120
[<ffffffff802ae568>] ? alloc_pages_current+0xa8/0x100
[<ffffffff8030de5b>] proc_info_read+0x9b/0xe0
[<ffffffff802c0ba4>] vfs_read+0xc4/0x160
[<ffffffff802c1000>] sys_read+0x50/0x90
[<ffffffff8020c3fb>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
Code: e8 08 83 e0 01 c3 66 0f 1f 44 00 00 66 0f 1f 44 00 00 f6 87 49 05 00 00 01 55 b8 01 00 00 00 48 89 e5 75 12 48 8b 87 10 05 00 00 <48> 8b 40 38 48 c1 e8 08 83 e0 01 c9 c3 66 2e 0f 1f 84 00 00 00
RIP [<ffffffff8024e679>] sigkill_pending+0x19/0x30
RSP <ffff8806a64efd38>
CR2: 0000000000000038
---[ end trace 80efa2c8bcce4fdc ]---

Ad hoc instrumentation showed that this is likely the result of the
"make-get_user_pages-interruptible" patch in mmotm. The test workload
includes a number of tasks that repeatedly run a list of miscellaneous
programs, including ps(1). Occasionally, ps will catch a task with a
NULL "tsk->signal" [exiting?], resulting in a null pointer deref in
sigkill_pending() called from __get_user_pages().

Before the aforementioned patch, sigkill_pending() was only called from
ptrace_stop() for tsk == current. The comment block on ptrace_stop()
says: "This must be called with current->sighand->siglock held." So,
it doesn't look safe to call sigkill_pending() from
__get_user_pages()--especially on a task != current--without similar

I'm not sure what the correct fix should be here.

Related: the patch and it's update add the following to

if (unlikely(sigkill_pending(current) ||
return i ? i : -ERESTARTSYS;

As a minimum, I don't think we want to call the second sigkill_pending()
unless tsk != current.


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