Commit 403bad72 authored by Oleg Nesterov's avatar Oleg Nesterov Committed by Linus Torvalds
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coredump: only SIGKILL should interrupt the coredumping task

There are 2 well known and ancient problems with coredump/signals, and a
lot of related bug reports:

- do_coredump() clears TIF_SIGPENDING but of course this can't help
  if, say, SIGCHLD comes after that.

  In this case the coredump can fail unexpectedly. See for example
  wait_for_dump_helper()->signal_pending() check but there are other

- At the same time, dumping a huge core on the slow media can take a
  lot of time/resources and there is no way to kill the coredumping
  task reliably. In particular this is not oom_kill-friendly.

This patch tries to fix the 1st problem, and makes the preparation for the
next changes.

We add the new SIGNAL_GROUP_COREDUMP flag set by zap_threads() to indicate
that this process dumps the core.  prepare_signal() checks this flag and
nacks any signal except SIGKILL.

Note that this check tries to be conservative, in the long term we should
probably treat the SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT case equally but this needs more
discussion.  See

	- recalc_sigpending() doesn't check SIGNAL_GROUP_COREDUMP.
	  The patch assumes that dump_write/etc paths should never
	  call it, but we can change it as well.

	- There is another source of TIF_SIGPENDING, freezer. This
	  will be addressed separately.
Signed-off-by: default avatarOleg Nesterov <>
Tested-by: default avatarMandeep Singh Baines <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Neil Horman <>
Cc: "Rafael J. Wysocki" <>
Cc: Roland McGrath <>
Cc: Tejun Heo <>
Cc: Al Viro <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 66e5b7e1
......@@ -280,8 +280,8 @@ static int zap_process(struct task_struct *start, int exit_code)
return nr;
static inline int zap_threads(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
struct core_state *core_state, int exit_code)
static int zap_threads(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
struct core_state *core_state, int exit_code)
struct task_struct *g, *p;
unsigned long flags;
......@@ -291,6 +291,9 @@ static inline int zap_threads(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
if (!signal_group_exit(tsk->signal)) {
mm->core_state = core_state;
nr = zap_process(tsk, exit_code);
/* ignore all signals except SIGKILL, see prepare_signal() */
tsk->signal->flags |= SIGNAL_GROUP_COREDUMP;
clear_tsk_thread_flag(tsk, TIF_SIGPENDING);
if (unlikely(nr < 0))
......@@ -514,12 +517,6 @@ void do_coredump(siginfo_t *siginfo)
old_cred = override_creds(cred);
* Clear any false indication of pending signals that might
* be seen by the filesystem code called to write the core file.
ispipe = format_corename(&cn, &cprm);
if (ispipe) {
......@@ -626,6 +626,7 @@ struct signal_struct {
#define SIGNAL_STOP_STOPPED 0x00000001 /* job control stop in effect */
#define SIGNAL_STOP_CONTINUED 0x00000002 /* SIGCONT since WCONTINUED reap */
#define SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT 0x00000004 /* group exit in progress */
#define SIGNAL_GROUP_COREDUMP 0x00000008 /* coredump in progress */
* Pending notifications to parent.
......@@ -854,12 +854,14 @@ static void ptrace_trap_notify(struct task_struct *t)
* Returns true if the signal should be actually delivered, otherwise
* it should be dropped.
static int prepare_signal(int sig, struct task_struct *p, bool force)
static bool prepare_signal(int sig, struct task_struct *p, bool force)
struct signal_struct *signal = p->signal;
struct task_struct *t;
if (unlikely(signal->flags & SIGNAL_GROUP_EXIT)) {
if (signal->flags & SIGNAL_GROUP_COREDUMP)
return sig == SIGKILL;
* The process is in the middle of dying, nothing to do.
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