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From: Tetsuo Handa <>
To: Al Viro <>
Cc: Eric Biggers <>,
	Dmitry Vyukov <>,
	Kees Cook <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	"" <>,
	Tetsuo Handa <>,
Subject: [PATCH v2 (resend)] fs: Allow opening only regular files during execve().
Date: Fri,  8 Mar 2019 20:20:17 +0900
Message-ID: <> (raw)

syzbot is hitting lockdep warning [1] due to trying to open a fifo during
an execve() operation. But we don't need to open non regular files during
an execve() operation, for all files which we will need are the executable
file itself and the interpreter programs like /bin/sh and .

Since the manpage for execve(2) says that execve() returns EACCES when
the file or a script interpreter is not a regular file, and the manpage
for uselib(2) says that uselib() can return EACCES, and we use FMODE_EXEC
when opening for execve()/uselib(), we can bail out if a non regular file
is requested with FMODE_EXEC set.

Since this deadlock followed by khungtaskd warnings is trivially
reproducible by a local unprivileged user, and syzbot's frequent
crash due to this deadlock defers finding other bugs, let's workaround
this deadlock until we get a chance to find a better solution.


Reported-by: syzbot <>
Signed-off-by: Tetsuo Handa <>
Fixes: 8924feff66f35fe2 ("splice: lift pipe_lock out of splice_to_pipe()")
Cc: <> # 4.9+
 fs/open.c | 6 ++++++
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/open.c b/fs/open.c
index 0285ce7..f1c2f85 100644
--- a/fs/open.c
+++ b/fs/open.c
@@ -733,6 +733,12 @@ static int do_dentry_open(struct file *f,
 		return 0;
+	/* Any file opened for execve()/uselib() has to be a regular file. */
+	if (unlikely(f->f_flags & FMODE_EXEC && !S_ISREG(inode->i_mode))) {
+		error = -EACCES;
+		goto cleanup_file;
+	}
 	if (f->f_mode & FMODE_WRITE && !special_file(inode->i_mode)) {
 		error = get_write_access(inode);
 		if (unlikely(error))

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