Re: [PATCH] autofs: fix the wrong usage of the deprecatedtask_pgrp_nr()

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Mon Jan 19 2009 - 07:45:26 EST

On 01/19, Ian Kent wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-01-19 at 09:32 +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >
> > No, I am trying to say that the current code is wrong ;)
> >
> > > > task_pgrp_vnr() reporst the pid_t in the global namespace, but
> > > > find_get_pid() searches "struct pid" in the current namespace.
> > > > We can get the wrong pid. I tried to document this in changelog.
> > >
> > > We don't know whether it's the wrong pid because the environments were
> > > this is used haven't been defined. Depending on expected usage of pid
> > > namespaces the global pid may or may not be the correct one. This was
> > > not determined the last time this came up.
> >
> > Confused. The current code can't be right.
> >
> > Lets consider the simplest case, there is no "pgrp=" option during mount.
> No, the pgrp is required at mount time and must be the pid of the
> process group leader. But it isn't enforced in the code so that "is" a
> bug.

I see, but I didn't mean _this_ is bug. Please see below.

> > In that case the current code does:
> >
> > pid_t pgrp = task_pgrp_nr(current);
> > sbi->oz_pgrp = find_get_pid(pgid);
> >
> > But this means that sbi->oz_pgrp != task_prgp(current), unless of
> > course we are from the global namespace. ->oz_pgrp is a "random"
> > pid or NULL.
> >
> > What I am missed?
> What your missing is that all I'm asking for is a little background
> information on what the change is about so that I can understand it.
> I think you are making assumptions that just aren't true about my
> understanding of the pid namespace work.
> The current situation is that pgrp corresponds to the session leader of
> the automount(8) process and that process is started at boot so I guess
> it is within the global namespace.

In that case the patch doesn't make the difference, because if the
task runs in the global namespace then

task_pgrp_nr(current) == task_pgrp_vnr(current);

> All we need to do now (since the
> issue will be much more complex if we consider multiple instances of
> automount(8) started within pid namespaces) is verify that changes we
> make to obtain the pgrp will correspond to the pid of automount(8) in
> the global namespace.

And now we have a problem afaics, because without this patch ->oz_pgrp
does not necessary match the pid of automount.

Let's look at

static inline int autofs_oz_mode(struct autofs_sb_info *sbi) {
return sbi->catatonic || task_pgrp(current) == sbi->oz_pgrp;

Please note that task_pgrp(current) is "struct pid *", not pid_t.
It does not belong to any particular namespace, it "represents" all
namespaces this task is visible in, up to global.

Let's suppose automount starts in the level 2 namespace.
It's pgrp == 10 in the global namespace, and at the same time
it is == 20 from automount->nsproxy->pid_ns pov.

We need sbi->oz_pgrp == task_pgrp(automount).

But, by default parse_options() sets pgrp == 10, this is what
task_pgrp_nr(current) == task_pgrp_nr_ns(current, init_pid_ns)

Now autofs_fill_super() does sbi->oz_pgrp = find_get_pid(10).
This means: find the pid which has the numeric value == 10
in our namespace == automount->nsproxy->pid_ns.

But we should use 20, not 10. Otherwise we get the wrong pid or

In short. Let's suppose automount(8) startes within the
pid namespace, and there is no "pgrp=" parameter. Then,

Before the patch

sbi->oz_pgrp != task_pgrp(automount)

After the patch

sbi->oz_pgrp == task_pgrp(automount)

And please note that these "!="/"==" apply to any namespace. I mean,
when we call autofs_oz_mode() it does not matter in which namespace
autofs_oz_mode() is executed, we compare "struct pid*", not pid_t.

Ian, please let me know if I am answering the wrong question,
I am not sure I understand you.


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