Re: [PATCH 3/4] coredump: ELF-FDPIC: enable to omit anonymous shared memory

From: Kawai, Hidehiro
Date: Tue Feb 20 2007 - 04:45:54 EST


Thank you for your comments.

David Howells wrote:

>> static int elf_fdpic_dump_segments(struct file *file, struct mm_struct *mm,
>>- size_t *size, unsigned long *limit)
>>+ size_t *size, unsigned long *limit,
>>+ unsigned int omit_anon_shared)
> Why are you passing it as an extra argument when you could just use
> mm->coredump_omit_anon_shared here:
>>+ if (!maydump(vma, omit_anon_shared))

> I wouldn't worry, were I you, about the setting changing whilst it's being
> used. If you are worried about that, you can probably do some locking against
> that.

Core dumping is separated two phases, one is the phase of writing
headers, the other is the phase of writing memory segments. If the
coredump_omit_anon_shared setting is changed between these two phases,
a corrupted core file will be generated because the offsets written
in headers don't match their bodies. So we need to use the same
setting in both phases.

I think that locking makes codes complex and generates overhead.
So I wouldn't like to use lock as far as possible. I think passing
the flag as an extra argument is the simplest implementation to
avoid the core file corruption.

Hidehiro Kawai
Hitachi, Ltd., Systems Development Laboratory

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