setns vs unshare bug

Serge Hallyn serge.hallyn at
Fri Aug 10 15:24:16 UTC 2012

Quoting Pavel Emelyanov (xemul at
> On 08/10/2012 07:08 PM, Pavel Emelyanov wrote:
> > On 08/10/2012 07:00 PM, Serge Hallyn wrote:
> >> Hi Pavel,
> >>
> >> I don't believe this is a bug.  The fd is to a specific network
> >> namespace.  If the target task later changes his namespace, that
> >> doesn't change the fact that you asked for access to the old
> >> namespace.
> >>
> >> You're worried about a race?
> > 
> > No, it's not a race. The proc ns file doesn't reflect the actual state
> > of a task it belongs to, but instead has some internal state which is
> > not observable/controllable from the outside. Look at my proggie -- the
> > "else" branch does expects that setns will bring it into a new net, but
> > it only does so if proc dcache is empty!
> I mean -- I open a task's proc ns file _strictly_ _after_ that task called
> unshare, but happen to obtain an _old_ net namespace, because this old netns
> was cached on the task's proc file.
> Hope this explains better what I'm concerned about.

Ooh!  Sorry, now I see.


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