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[dm-devel] [PATCH] crash in dm-io when signal is pending

If someone sends signal to a process performing synchronous dm-io call,
the kernel may crash.

The function sync_io attempts to exit with -EINTR if it has pending signal,
however the structure "io" is allocated on stack, so already submitted io
requests end up touching unallocated stack space and corrupting kernel memory.

sync_io sets its state to TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE, so the signal can't break out
of io_schedule() --- however, if the signal was pending before sync_io entered
while (1) loop, the corruption of kernel memory will happen.

There is no way to cancel in-progress IOs, so the best solution is to ignore
signals at this point.

Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka redhat com>

 drivers/md/dm-io.c |    5 +----
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 4 deletions(-)

Index: linux-2.6.29-rc1-devel/drivers/md/dm-io.c
--- linux-2.6.29-rc1-devel.orig/drivers/md/dm-io.c	2009-01-22 03:46:09.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-2.6.29-rc1-devel/drivers/md/dm-io.c	2009-01-22 03:46:50.000000000 +0100
@@ -368,16 +368,13 @@ static int sync_io(struct dm_io_client *
 	while (1) {
-		if (!atomic_read(&io.count) || signal_pending(current))
+		if (!atomic_read(&io.count))
-	if (atomic_read(&io.count))
-		return -EINTR;
 	if (error_bits)
 		*error_bits = io.error_bits;

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