Commits (2)
From fe05e1cb6d64dba6172249c79526f1e9af8f2bfd Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Adhemerval Zanella <adhemerval.zanella@linaro.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:20:57 -0300
Subject: [PATCH] posix: Fix improper assert in Linux posix_spawn (BZ#22273)
As noted by Florian Weimer, current Linux posix_spawn implementation
can trigger an assert if the auxiliary process is terminated before
actually setting the err member:
340 /* Child must set args.err to something non-negative - we rely on
341 the parent and child sharing VM. */
342 args.err = -1;
362 new_pid = CLONE (__spawni_child, STACK (stack, stack_size), stack_size,
365 if (new_pid > 0)
366 {
367 ec = args.err;
368 assert (ec >= 0);
Another possible issue is killing the child between setting the err and
actually calling execve. In this case the process will not ran, but
posix_spawn also will not report any error:
270 args->err = 0;
271 args->exec (args->file, args->argv, args->envp);
As suggested by Andreas Schwab, this patch removes the faulty assert
and also handles any signal that happens before fork and execve as the
spawn was successful (and thus relaying the handling to the caller to
figure this out). Different than Florian, I can not see why using
atomics to set err would help here, essentially the code runs
sequentially (due CLONE_VFORK) and I think it would not be legal the
compiler evaluate ec without checking for new_pid result (thus there
is no need to compiler barrier).
Summarizing the possible scenarios on posix_spawn execution, we
1. For default case with a success execution, args.err will be 0, pid
will not be collected and it will be reported to caller.
2. For default failure case, args.err will be positive and the it will
be collected by the waitpid. An error will be reported to the
3. For the unlikely case where the process was terminated and not
collected by a caller signal handler, it will be reported as succeful
execution and not be collected by posix_spawn (since args.err will
be 0). The caller will need to actually handle this case.
4. For the unlikely case where the process was terminated and collected
by caller we have 3 other possible scenarios:
4.1. The auxiliary process was terminated with args.err equal to 0:
it will handled as 1. (so it does not matter if we hit the pid
reuse race since we won't possible collect an unexpected
4.2. The auxiliary process was terminated after execve (due a failure
in calling it) and before setting args.err to -1: it will also
be handle as 1. but with the issue of not be able to report the
caller a possible execve failures.
4.3. The auxiliary process was terminated after args.err is set to -1:
this is the case where it will be possible to hit the pid reuse
case where we will need to collected the auxiliary pid but we
can not be sure if it will be expected one. I think for this
case we need to actually change waitpid to use WNOHANG to avoid
hanging indefinitely on the call and report an error to caller
since we can't differentiate between a default failure as 2.
and a possible pid reuse race issue.
Checked on x86_64-linux-gnu.
* sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/spawni.c (__spawnix): Handle the case where
the auxiliary process is terminated by a signal before calling _exit
or execve.
diff --git a/sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/spawni.c b/sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/spawni.c
index dea1650..d15fbb1 100644
--- a/sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/spawni.c
+++ b/sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/spawni.c
@@ -17,7 +17,6 @@
<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>. */
#include <spawn.h>
-#include <assert.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <paths.h>
#include <string.h>
@@ -268,7 +267,6 @@ __spawni_child (void *arguments)
__sigprocmask (SIG_SETMASK, (attr->__flags & POSIX_SPAWN_SETSIGMASK)
? &attr->__ss : &args->oldmask, 0);
- args->err = 0;
args->exec (args->file, args->argv, args->envp);
/* This is compatibility function required to enable posix_spawn run
@@ -339,7 +337,7 @@ __spawnix (pid_t * pid, const char *file,
/* Child must set args.err to something non-negative - we rely on
the parent and child sharing VM. */
- args.err = -1;
+ args.err = 0;
args.file = file;
args.exec = exec;
args.fa = file_actions;
@@ -362,12 +360,26 @@ __spawnix (pid_t * pid, const char *file,
new_pid = CLONE (__spawni_child, STACK (stack, stack_size), stack_size,
+ /* It needs to collect the case where the auxiliary process was created
+ but failed to execute the file (due either any preparation step or
+ for execve itself). */
if (new_pid > 0)
+ /* Also, it handles the unlikely case where the auxiliary process was
+ terminated before calling execve as if it was successfully. The
+ args.err is set to 0 as default and changed to a positive value
+ only in case of failure, so in case of premature termination
+ due a signal args.err will remain zeroed and it will be up to
+ caller to actually collect it. */
ec = args.err;
- assert (ec >= 0);
- if (ec != 0)
- __waitpid (new_pid, NULL, 0);
+ if (ec > 0)
+ /* There still an unlikely case where the child is cancelled after
+ setting args.err, due to a positive error value. Also due a
+ possible pid reuse race (where the kernel allocated the same pid
+ to unrelated process) we need not to undefinitely hang expecting
+ an invalid pid. In both cases an error is returned to the
+ caller. */
+ __waitpid (new_pid, NULL, WNOHANG);
ec = -new_pid;
* Fri Mar 15 2019 Marko Saukko <marko.saukko@jolla.com> - 2.25+git4
- Apply 2.25.6 patch set from ubuntu. Contributes to JB#45152
- Fixes CVE-2017-15670, CVE-2017-15671, CVE-2017-15804,
CVE-2017-1000408, CVE-2017-1000409, CVE-2017-16997
* Mon Feb 18 2019 Tomi Leppänen <tomi.leppanen@jolla.com> - 2.25+git3
- Add glibc-doc subpackage. Contributes to JB#24119
Name: glibc
Summary: GNU C library shared libraries
Version: 2.25+git3
Version: 2.25+git4
Release: 0
License: LGPLv2+ and LGPLv2+ with exceptions and GPLv2+
Group: System/Libraries
......@@ -21,7 +21,7 @@ Patch9: glibc-2.14-locarchive-fedora.patch
Patch10: eglibc-2.15-fix-neon-libdl.patch
Patch11: eglibc-2.19-shlib-make.patch
Patch12: glibc-2.25-bits.patch
Patch13: glibc-2.25-posix-spawn-fix.patch
Patch13: ubuntu-2.25.6-git-updates.diff
Provides: ldconfig
# The dynamic linker supports DT_GNU_HASH
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