[PATCH] c/r: restore tty pgrp properly

Nikita V. Youshchenko yoush at cs.msu.su
Fri Apr 9 00:47:00 PDT 2010

> Do you have a testcase where restart doesn't work because of problems
> with tty->pgrp restore? Or was this just something that caught your eye
> during review?

Yes, we faced this while trying to restore an Xvnc session (bash running a 
script + Xvnc + twm + xterm + bash). It was failing with -ESRCH at this 
particular point, and we have been trying to solve it.

> Userspace can change h->tty_pgrp_owner to any value (bug, cosmic ray,
> exploit attempt) before passing the checkpoint image to restart. We
> don't want malicious programs to be able to cause an Oops or worse so we
> need to make sure the index is less than the number of entries in the
> pids_arr. Since the value was a prgrp id prior to this patch I doubt
> that check already exists.


It should be not

if (h->tty_pgrp_owner != -1), but


if ( h->tty_pgrp_owner >=0 && h->tty_pgrp_owner < ctx->nr_tasks)

> However, I suspect this is already covered in userspace
> by rewriting the pids array prior to calling sys_restart(). See
> ckpt_init_tree() in user-cr's restart.c and let me know if you agree
> and/or see any problems with that approach.

This may be indeed better, but it requires userspace to have knowledge 
about entire checkpoint structure, with (as far as I understand) is not 
the case currently, and may be hard to maintain while checkpoint format 
envolves in future.


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