kernel BUG at kernel/cred.c:434!

Oleg Nesterov oleg at
Wed Apr 17 16:27:24 UTC 2019

On 04/17, Paul Moore wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 10:57 AM Oleg Nesterov <oleg at> wrote:
> > On 04/17, Paul Moore wrote:
> > >
> > > I'm tempted to simply return an error in selinux_setprocattr() if
> > > the task's credentials are not the same as its real_cred;
> >
> > What about other modules? I have no idea what smack_setprocattr() is,
> > but it too does prepare_creds/commit creds.
> >
> > it seems that the simplest workaround should simply add the additional
> > cred == real_cred into proc_pid_attr_write().
> Yes, that is simple, but I worry about what other LSMs might want to
> do.  While I believe failing if the effective creds are not the same
> as the real_creds is okay for SELinux (possibly Smack too), I worry
> about what other LSMs may want to do.  After all,
> proc_pid_attr_write() doesn't change the the creds itself, that is
> something the specific LSMs do.

Yes, but if proc_pid_attr_write() is called with cred != real_cred then
something is already wrong?

In fact, I think that something is already wrong if it is not called by
user-space directly. Too late to ask, but why is this /proc/self/attr/
magic not implemented via syscall(s) ?

But, Paul, this is up to you. I don't understand this all even remotely.


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