[PATCH][usercr]: Ghost tasks must be detached

Sukadev Bhattiprolu sukadev at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Feb 9 18:44:30 PST 2011

Oren Laadan [orenl at cs.columbia.edu] wrote:
| > But if that is true, I need to investigate why Louis Rilling was getting
| > the crash in Jun 2010 - which he tried to fix here:
| > 
| > 	http://lkml.org/lkml/2010/6/16/295
| I see. So basically there is a kerenl bug that can be potentially
| exposed by the c/r code. Therefore, we need to fix the kernel bug...
| (and until such a fix makes it to mainline, we'll add it as part of
| the linux-cr patchset).

Yes, but there is more than one problem (at least in our C/R kernel).

There is the bug that Louis Rilling reported and Eric has a fix for.
Even if we apply Eric's fix to the C/R kernel, we still will have
another problem if do_ghost_task() sets ->exit_signal to -1.

Consider this in 2.6.37:

Container-init:					Ghost child of container-init


    - adds self to ->wait_chldexit queue
    - goes through do_wait_thread() - finds that
      it has at least one child  (on tsk->children),
      but it has not yet exited
    - so waits for the child to exit
  							wakes up for SIGKILL
							->exit_signal = -1

Note that exit_notify() does not notify parent when the ghost process
exits, because ->exit_signal is -1.

So you may ask how did the container-init have a ghost child. That was
due to a bug in usercr :-). 

But my point is such a userspace bug can leave the above container init

Note that this does not happen with normal threads which set ->exit_signal
to -1 . That is because of the following two pieces of code in copy_process():

       /* ok, now we should be set up.. */
        p->exit_signal = (clone_flags & CLONE_THREAD) ? -1 : (clone_flags & CSIGNAL);


        /* CLONE_PARENT re-uses the old parent */
        if (clone_flags & (CLONE_PARENT|CLONE_THREAD)) {
                p->real_parent = current->real_parent;
                p->parent_exec_id = current->parent_exec_id;

With this our container-init above will not have any children to wait
for in do_wait_thread().


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