[PATCH v2 1/1] binder: fix freeze race

Li Li dualli at chromium.org
Fri Sep 10 06:17:42 UTC 2021

On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 10:38 PM Greg KH <gregkh at linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 09, 2021 at 08:53:16PM -0700, Li Li wrote:
> >  struct binder_frozen_status_info {
> >       __u32            pid;
> > +
> > +     /* process received sync transactions since last frozen
> > +      * bit 0: received sync transaction after being frozen
> > +      * bit 1: new pending sync transaction during freezing
> > +      */
> >       __u32            sync_recv;
> You just changed a user/kernel api here, did you just break existing
> userspace applications?  If not, how did that not happen?

That's a good question. This design does keep backward compatibility.

The existing userspace applications call ioctl(BINDER_GET_FROZEN_INFO)
to check if there's sync or async binder transactions sent to a frozen

If the existing userspace app runs on a new kernel, a sync binder call
still sets bit 1 of sync_recv (as it's a bool variable) so the ioctl
will return the expected value (TRUE). The app just doesn't check bit
1 intentionally so it doesn't have the ability to tell if there's a
race - this behavior is aligned with what happens on an old kernel as
the old kernel doesn't have bit 1 set at all.

The bit 1 of sync_recv enables new userspace app the ability to tell
1) there's a sync binder transaction happened when being frozen - same
as before; and 2) if that sync binder transaction happens exactly when
there's a race - a new information for rollback decision.

> thanks,
> greg k-h


More information about the devel mailing list