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authorNicolai Stange <>2016-05-24 14:05:05 +0200
committerGreg Kroah-Hartman <>2016-06-15 04:56:35 -0700
commitdf4565f9ebdc4d6dc50edc6e8fed08004e328332 (patch)
tree2acc27591fed42dbe35eb1793bc4e2101b9f3d91 /kernel
parent5edb56491d4812c42175980759da53388e5d86f5 (diff)
kernel/kcov: unproxify debugfs file's fops
Since commit 49d200deaa68 ("debugfs: prevent access to removed files' private data"), a debugfs file's file_operations methods get proxied through lifetime aware wrappers. However, only a certain subset of the file_operations members is supported by debugfs and ->mmap isn't among them -- it appears to be NULL from the VFS layer's perspective. This behaviour breaks the /sys/kernel/debug/kcov file introduced concurrently with commit 5c9a8750a640 ("kernel: add kcov code coverage"). Since that file never gets removed, there is no file removal race and thus, a lifetime checking proxy isn't needed. Avoid the proxying for /sys/kernel/debug/kcov by creating it via debugfs_create_file_unsafe() rather than debugfs_create_file(). Fixes: 49d200deaa68 ("debugfs: prevent access to removed files' private data") Fixes: 5c9a8750a640 ("kernel: add kcov code coverage") Reported-by: Sasha Levin <> Signed-off-by: Nicolai Stange <> Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Diffstat (limited to 'kernel')
1 files changed, 6 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/kernel/kcov.c b/kernel/kcov.c
index a02f2dddd1d7..8d44b3fea9d0 100644
--- a/kernel/kcov.c
+++ b/kernel/kcov.c
@@ -264,7 +264,12 @@ static const struct file_operations kcov_fops = {
static int __init kcov_init(void)
- if (!debugfs_create_file("kcov", 0600, NULL, NULL, &kcov_fops)) {
+ /*
+ * The kcov debugfs file won't ever get removed and thus,
+ * there is no need to protect it against removal races. The
+ * use of debugfs_create_file_unsafe() is actually safe here.
+ */
+ if (!debugfs_create_file_unsafe("kcov", 0600, NULL, NULL, &kcov_fops)) {
pr_err("failed to create kcov in debugfs\n");
return -ENOMEM;