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From: Amir Goldstein <amir73il@gmail.com>
To: Christian Brauner <christian.brauner@ubuntu.com>
Cc: Matthew Bobrowski <repnop@google.com>, Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>,
	Linux API <linux-api@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] fanotify: Add pidfd support to the fanotify API
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:53:32 +0300
Message-ID: <CAOQ4uxhCob7uTK_jqvyfyMZrWFZZOvs=NLhkdLFUcLrofR_ZBw@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210419132020.ydyb2ly6e3clhe2j@wittgenstein>

On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 4:20 PM Christian Brauner
<christian.brauner@ubuntu.com> wrote:
>
> On Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 09:22:25AM +1000, Matthew Bobrowski wrote:
> > Introduce a new flag FAN_REPORT_PIDFD for fanotify_init(2) which
> > allows userspace applications to control whether a pidfd is to be
> > returned instead of a pid for `struct fanotify_event_metadata.pid`.
> >
> > FAN_REPORT_PIDFD is mutually exclusive with FAN_REPORT_TID as the
> > pidfd API is currently restricted to only support pidfd generation for
> > thread-group leaders. Attempting to set them both when calling
> > fanotify_init(2) will result in -EINVAL being returned to the
> > caller. As the pidfd API evolves and support is added for tids, this
> > is something that could be relaxed in the future.
> >
> > If pidfd creation fails, the pid in struct fanotify_event_metadata is
> > set to FAN_NOPIDFD(-1). Falling back and providing a pid instead of a
> > pidfd on pidfd creation failures was considered, although this could
> > possibly lead to confusion and unpredictability within userspace
> > applications as distinguishing between whether an actual pidfd or pid
> > was returned could be difficult, so it's best to be explicit.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Matthew Bobrowski <repnop@google.com>
> > ---
> >  fs/notify/fanotify/fanotify_user.c | 33 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
> >  include/linux/fanotify.h           |  2 +-
> >  include/uapi/linux/fanotify.h      |  2 ++
> >  3 files changed, 33 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/fs/notify/fanotify/fanotify_user.c b/fs/notify/fanotify/fanotify_user.c
> > index 9e0c1afac8bd..fd8ae88796a8 100644
> > --- a/fs/notify/fanotify/fanotify_user.c
> > +++ b/fs/notify/fanotify/fanotify_user.c
> > @@ -329,7 +329,7 @@ static ssize_t copy_event_to_user(struct fsnotify_group *group,
> >       struct fanotify_info *info = fanotify_event_info(event);
> >       unsigned int fid_mode = FAN_GROUP_FLAG(group, FANOTIFY_FID_BITS);
> >       struct file *f = NULL;
> > -     int ret, fd = FAN_NOFD;
> > +     int ret, pidfd, fd = FAN_NOFD;
> >       int info_type = 0;
> >
> >       pr_debug("%s: group=%p event=%p\n", __func__, group, event);
> > @@ -340,7 +340,25 @@ static ssize_t copy_event_to_user(struct fsnotify_group *group,
> >       metadata.vers = FANOTIFY_METADATA_VERSION;
> >       metadata.reserved = 0;
> >       metadata.mask = event->mask & FANOTIFY_OUTGOING_EVENTS;
> > -     metadata.pid = pid_vnr(event->pid);
> > +
> > +     if (FAN_GROUP_FLAG(group, FAN_REPORT_PIDFD) &&
> > +             pid_has_task(event->pid, PIDTYPE_TGID)) {
> > +             /*
> > +              * Given FAN_REPORT_PIDFD is to be mutually exclusive with
> > +              * FAN_REPORT_TID, panic here if the mutual exclusion is ever
> > +              * blindly lifted without pidfds for threads actually being
> > +              * supported.
> > +              */
> > +             WARN_ON(FAN_GROUP_FLAG(group, FAN_REPORT_TID));
> > +
> > +             pidfd = pidfd_create(event->pid, 0);
> > +             if (unlikely(pidfd < 0))
> > +                     metadata.pid = FAN_NOPIDFD;
> > +             else
> > +                     metadata.pid = pidfd;
>
> I'm not a fan of overloading fields (Yes, we did this for the _legacy_
> clone() syscall for CLONE_PIDFD/CLONE_PARENT_SETTID but in general it's
> never a good idea if there are other options, imho.).
> Could/should we consider the possibility of adding a new pidfd field to
> struct fanotify_event_metadata?

struct fanotify_event_metadata is fully booked.
We could use a variable length record, but IMO that's an overkill for pidfd.

If you are concerned about users wrongly interpreting pidfd as pid and
getting the the wrong process we could use invalid negative values for
pidfd, e.g. metadata.pid = ~pidfd.
This has the quality that 0 can mean both FAN_NOPIDFD and no pid.
UAPI to this would be abstracted with
#define FAN_EVENT_PIDFD(event) (~((event)->pid))

I am not convinced that this helps more than it hurts users, but abstracting
the accessor to pidfd could be a good idea anyway.

Thanks,
Amir.

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Thread overview: 35+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-15 23:21 [PATCH 0/2] fanotify: Adding " Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-15 23:22 ` [PATCH 1/2] pidfd_create(): remove static qualifier and declare pidfd_create() in linux/pid.h Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-19 10:13   ` Jan Kara
2021-04-19 12:50   ` Christian Brauner
2021-04-20  0:17     ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-15 23:22 ` [PATCH 2/2] fanotify: Add pidfd support to the fanotify API Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-16  6:27   ` Amir Goldstein
2021-04-16  7:05     ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-16  7:53       ` Amir Goldstein
2021-04-16  8:08         ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-19 13:02     ` Christian Brauner
2021-04-19 10:21   ` Jan Kara
2021-04-20  1:35     ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-19 13:20   ` Christian Brauner
2021-04-19 13:53     ` Amir Goldstein [this message]
2021-04-19 14:44       ` Christian Brauner
2021-04-19 13:55     ` Jan Kara
2021-04-19 15:02       ` Christian Brauner
2021-04-20  2:36         ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-21  8:04           ` Jan Kara
2021-04-21  9:29             ` Amir Goldstein
2021-04-21 10:00               ` Jan Kara
2021-04-21 10:12                 ` Amir Goldstein
2021-04-21 13:48                   ` Jan Kara
2021-04-21 14:46                     ` Christian Brauner
2021-04-22 23:06             ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-23  7:39               ` Amir Goldstein
2021-04-23  8:02                 ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-23  8:14                   ` Amir Goldstein
2021-04-26 10:26                     ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-26 11:11                       ` Amir Goldstein
2021-04-27  3:35                         ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-27  5:14                           ` Amir Goldstein
2021-04-28 22:53                             ` Matthew Bobrowski
2021-04-19 12:34 ` [PATCH 0/2] fanotify: Adding " Christian Brauner

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