Re: [OE-core] [PATCH] pseudo: do not expand symlinks in /proc

Randy MacLeod

pseduo patches are usually sent to the yocto list so
I've added that list and only BCCed oe-core here so
people know where to look for follow-up.

On 2020-09-25 1:05 p.m., Sakib Sajal wrote:
From: Matt Cowell <matt.cowell@...>

Some symlinks in /proc, such as those under /proc/[pid]/fd,
/proc/[pid]/cwd, and /proc/[pid]/exe that are not real and should not
have readlink called on them.  These look like symlinks, but behave like
hardlinks.  Readlink does not return actual paths.  Previously
pseudo_fix_path would expand files such as /dev/stdin to paths such as
/proc/6680/fd/pipe:[1270830076] which do not exist.

This issue affects:
- deleted files
- deleted directories
- fifos
- sockets
- anon_inodes (epoll, eventfd, inotify, signalfd, timerfd, etc)

timed builds before and after applying patch, without significant
measurable difference.
$ bitbake -c compile <image>; time bitbake <image>

installed pseudo on an image and was unable to reproduce the test
on bug report after applying the patch.

There might be a better test so please let Sakib know if so.

  If there's a v2 or in future work, please give the actual results
such as:

  5 trials with an average time of 18m:14s and a range of 22 seconds
  on a build host that no one else was using.

This will help people to understand what you mean by
   "without significant measurable difference.

Thanks for testing and sending this change.


FIXES: Bug 13288

Signed-off-by: Sakib Sajal <sakib.sajal@...>
 pseudo_util.c | 27 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 27 insertions(+)

diff --git a/pseudo_util.c b/pseudo_util.c
index c867ed6..bce4d1e 100644
--- a/pseudo_util.c
+++ b/pseudo_util.c
@@ -21,6 +21,8 @@
 #include <sys/time.h>
 #include <unistd.h>
 #include <limits.h>
+#include <sys/vfs.h>
+#include <linux/magic.h>
 /* see the comments below about (*real_regcomp)() */
 #include <dlfcn.h>
@@ -29,6 +31,11 @@
 #include "pseudo_ipc.h"
 #include "pseudo_db.h"
+/* O_PATH is defined in glibc 2.16 and later only */
+#ifndef O_PATH
+#define O_PATH          010000000
 struct pseudo_variables {
 	char *key;
 	size_t key_len;
@@ -677,6 +684,26 @@ pseudo_append_element(char *newpath, char *root, size_t allocated, char **pcurre
 	if (!leave_this && is_dir) {
 		int is_link = S_ISLNK(buf->st_mode);
+		/* do not expand symlinks in the proc filesystem, since they may not be real */
+		if (is_link) {
+			struct statfs sfs;
+			int fd;
+			/* statfs follows symlinks, so use fstatfs */
+			fd = open(newpath, O_CLOEXEC | O_PATH | O_NOFOLLOW);
+			if (-1 != fd) {
+				if (0 == fstatfs(fd, &sfs) && sfs.f_type == PROC_SUPER_MAGIC) {
+					pseudo_debug(PDBGF_PATH | PDBGF_VERBOSE,
+						"pae: '%s' is procfs symlink, not expanding\n",
+						newpath);
+					is_link = 0;
+				}
+				close(fd);
+			}
+		}
 		if (link_recursion >= PSEUDO_MAX_LINK_RECURSION && is_link) {
 			pseudo_diag("link recursion too deep, not expanding path '%s'.\n", newpath);
 			is_link = 0;

# Randy MacLeod
# Wind River Linux

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