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From: Kirill Tkhai <>
To: <>, <>,
	<>, <>,
Subject: [PATCH] pidns: Disable pid allocation if pid_ns_prepare_proc() is failed in alloc_pid()
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:17:17 +0300
Message-ID: <149201021004.4863.6762095011554287922.stgit@localhost.localdomain> (raw)

alloc_pidmap() advances pid_namespace::last_pid. When first pid allocation
fails, then next created process will have pid 2 and pid_ns_prepare_proc()
won't be called. So, pid_namespace::proc_mnt will never be initialized
(not to mention that there won't be a child reaper).

I saw crash stack of such case on kernel 3.10:

    BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at (null)
    IP: [<ffffffff8126b18f>] proc_flush_task+0x8f/0x1b0
    Call Trace:
        [<ffffffff810807ff>] release_task+0x3f/0x490
        [<ffffffff810c0570>] ? thread_group_cputime_adjusted+0x50/0x70
        [<ffffffff8108144f>] wait_consider_task.part.10+0x7ff/0xb00
        [<ffffffff8108186f>] do_wait+0x11f/0x280
        [<ffffffff81082b2d>] SyS_wait4+0x7d/0x110

We may fix this by restore of last_pid in 0 or by prohibiting of
futher allocations. Since there was a similar issue in commit 314a8ad0f18a
by Oleg Nesterov <>:
	"pidns: fix free_pid() to handle the first fork failure".
and it was fixed via prohibiting allocation, let's follow this way,
and do the same.

Signed-off-by: Kirill Tkhai <>
Acked-by: Cyrill Gorcunov <>
 kernel/pid.c |    4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/pid.c b/kernel/pid.c
index 0143ac0ddceb..fd1cde1e4576 100644
--- a/kernel/pid.c
+++ b/kernel/pid.c
@@ -321,8 +321,10 @@ struct pid *alloc_pid(struct pid_namespace *ns)
 	if (unlikely(is_child_reaper(pid))) {
-		if (pid_ns_prepare_proc(ns))
+		if (pid_ns_prepare_proc(ns)) {
+			disable_pid_allocation(ns);
 			goto out_free;
+		}

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