Commit c89681ed authored by Miklos Szeredi's avatar Miklos Szeredi Committed by Linus Torvalds
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[PATCH] remove steal_locks()

This patch removes the steal_locks() function.

steal_locks() doesn't work correctly with any filesystem that does it's own
lock management, including NFS, CIFS, etc.

In addition it has weird semantics on local filesystems in case tasks
sharing file-descriptor tables are doing POSIX locking operations in
parallel to execve().

The steal_locks() function has an effect on applications doing:

  /* in child */

POSIX locks acquired before execve (by "child", "parent" or any further
task sharing files_struct) will after the execve be owned exclusively by

According to Chris Wright some LSB/LTP kind of suite triggers without the
stealing behavior, but there's no known real-world application that would
also fail.

Apps using NPTL are not affected, since all other threads are killed before

Apps using LinuxThreads are only affected if they

  - have multiple threads during exec (LinuxThreads doesn't kill other
    threads, the app may do it with pthread_kill_other_threads_np())
  - rely on POSIX locks being inherited across exec

Both conditions are documented, but not their interaction.

Apps using clone() natively are affected if they

  - use clone(CLONE_FILES)
  - rely on POSIX locks being inherited across exec

The above scenarios are unlikely, but possible.

If the patch is vetoed, there's a plan B, that involves mostly keeping the
weird stealing semantics, but changing the way lock ownership is handled so
that network and local filesystems work consistently.

That would add more complexity though, so this solution seems to be
preferred by most people.
Signed-off-by: default avatarMiklos Szeredi <>
Cc: Trond Myklebust <>
Cc: Matthew Wilcox <>
Cc: Chris Wright <>
Cc: Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc: Steven French <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 09d967c6
......@@ -759,7 +759,6 @@ static int load_elf_binary(struct linux_binprm * bprm, struct pt_regs * regs)
/* Discard our unneeded old files struct */
if (files) {
files = NULL;
......@@ -203,7 +203,6 @@ static int load_misc_binary(struct linux_binprm *bprm, struct pt_regs *regs)
goto _error;
if (files) {
files = NULL;
......@@ -866,7 +866,6 @@ int flush_old_exec(struct linux_binprm * bprm)
bprm->mm = NULL; /* We're using it now */
/* This is the point of no return */
current->sas_ss_sp = current->sas_ss_size = 0;
......@@ -2206,63 +2206,6 @@ int lock_may_write(struct inode *inode, loff_t start, unsigned long len)
static inline void __steal_locks(struct file *file, fl_owner_t from)
struct inode *inode = file->f_dentry->d_inode;
struct file_lock *fl = inode->i_flock;
while (fl) {
if (fl->fl_file == file && fl->fl_owner == from)
fl->fl_owner = current->files;
fl = fl->fl_next;
/* When getting ready for executing a binary, we make sure that current
* has a files_struct on its own. Before dropping the old files_struct,
* we take over ownership of all locks for all file descriptors we own.
* Note that we may accidentally steal a lock for a file that a sibling
* has created since the unshare_files() call.
void steal_locks(fl_owner_t from)
struct files_struct *files = current->files;
int i, j;
struct fdtable *fdt;
if (from == files)
j = 0;
* We are not taking a ref to the file structures, so
* we need to acquire ->file_lock.
fdt = files_fdtable(files);
for (;;) {
unsigned long set;
i = j * __NFDBITS;
if (i >= fdt->max_fdset || i >= fdt->max_fds)
set = fdt->open_fds->fds_bits[j++];
while (set) {
if (set & 1) {
struct file *file = fdt->fd[i];
if (file)
__steal_locks(file, from);
set >>= 1;
static int __init filelock_init(void)
filelock_cache = kmem_cache_create("file_lock_cache",
......@@ -782,7 +782,6 @@ extern int setlease(struct file *, long, struct file_lock **);
extern int lease_modify(struct file_lock **, int);
extern int lock_may_read(struct inode *, loff_t start, unsigned long count);
extern int lock_may_write(struct inode *, loff_t start, unsigned long count);
extern void steal_locks(fl_owner_t from);
struct fasync_struct {
int magic;
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