[BUG] in copy_siginfo_to_user32 on ppc64 (and others?) in 2.6.9/2.6.10

Chris Friesen cfriesen at nortel.com
Thu Feb 10 07:05:09 EST 2005

I found a bug which has since been fixed, but I'm hoping to save others 
the problems that I had tracking it down.

It was fairly confusing--the information in the siginfo_t struct was 
different based on whether I used a signal handler in the regular way, 
or blocked the signal and retrieved the information using sigtimedwait().

After much instrumentation of the kernel, I tracked it down.

Until recently (Jan 5), ppc64 had its own version of 
compat_sys_rt_sigtimedwait, which simply called sys_rt_sigtimedwait() 
then copied the results to the userspace struct using 

Unfortunately, sys_rt_sigtimedwait() only copies the lower 16 bits of 
si_code, and the ppc64 version of copy_siginfo_to_user32() keyed on the 
upper 16 bits to decide what information to copy.  Thus, it always ended 
up in the default case of the switch statement, and only ever copied 
si_pid and si_uid.



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