Re: [patch cr 2/4] [RFC] syscalls, x86: Add __NR_kcmp syscall v7

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Thu Feb 02 2012 - 18:26:44 EST

On Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:09:07 +0400
Cyrill Gorcunov <gorcunov@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> While doing the checkpoint-restore in the userspace one need to determine
> whether various kernel objects (like mm_struct-s of file_struct-s) are shared
> between tasks and restore this state.
> The 2nd step can be solved by using appropriate CLONE_ flags and the unshare
> syscall, while there's currently no ways for solving the 1st one.
> One of the ways for checking whether two tasks share e.g. mm_struct is to
> provide some mm_struct ID of a task to its proc file, but showing such
> info considered to be not that good for security reasons.
> Thus after some debates we end up in conclusion that using that named
> 'comparision' syscall might be the best candidate. So here is it --
> __NR_kcmp.
> It takes up to 5 agruments - the pids of the two tasks (which
> characteristics should be compared), the comparision type and
> (in case of comparision of files) two file descriptors.
> Lookups for pids are done in the caller's PID namespace only.
> At moment only x86 is supported and tested.
> ...
> --- linux-2.6.git.orig/kernel/Makefile
> +++ linux-2.6.git/kernel/Makefile
> @@ -25,6 +25,7 @@ endif
> obj-y += sched/
> obj-y += power/
> +obj-$(CONFIG_X86) += kcmp.o

Can we turn this into obj-$(CONFIG_CHECKPOINT_RESTART) and add the
cond_syscall to sys_ni.c?

I keep saying this, because "hey, we can delete it all again" figures
largely in my rationale for merging your code ;)

> ...
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