[3.13.y.z extended stable] Patch "pid: get pid_t ppid of task in init_pid_ns" has been added to staging queue

Kamal Mostafa kamal at canonical.com
Thu May 1 19:17:23 UTC 2014

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    pid: get pid_t ppid of task in init_pid_ns

to the linux-3.13.y-queue branch of the 3.13.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version

If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
reply to this email.

For more information about the 3.13.y.z tree, see



>From 293afa8d24354d4d6bdc17e52c61c93c94260a31 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Richard Guy Briggs <rgb at redhat.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:05:12 -0400
Subject: pid: get pid_t ppid of task in init_pid_ns

commit ad36d28293936b03d6b7996e9d6aadfd73c0eb08 upstream.

Added the functions task_ppid_nr_ns() and task_ppid_nr() to abstract the lookup
of the PPID (real_parent's pid_t) of a process, including rcu locking, in the
arbitrary and init_pid_ns.
This provides an alternative to sys_getppid(), which is relative to the child
process' pid namespace.

(informed by ebiederman's 6c621b7e)
Cc: Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm at xmission.com>
Signed-off-by: Richard Guy Briggs <rgb at redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
 include/linux/sched.h | 20 +++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 19 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/sched.h b/include/linux/sched.h
index 53f97eb..116e301 100644
--- a/include/linux/sched.h
+++ b/include/linux/sched.h
@@ -1561,6 +1561,24 @@ static inline pid_t task_tgid_vnr(struct task_struct *tsk)

+static int pid_alive(const struct task_struct *p);
+static inline pid_t task_ppid_nr_ns(const struct task_struct *tsk, struct pid_namespace *ns)
+	pid_t pid = 0;
+	rcu_read_lock();
+	if (pid_alive(tsk))
+		pid = task_tgid_nr_ns(rcu_dereference(tsk->real_parent), ns);
+	rcu_read_unlock();
+	return pid;
+static inline pid_t task_ppid_nr(const struct task_struct *tsk)
+	return task_ppid_nr_ns(tsk, &init_pid_ns);
 static inline pid_t task_pgrp_nr_ns(struct task_struct *tsk,
 					struct pid_namespace *ns)
@@ -1600,7 +1618,7 @@ static inline pid_t task_pgrp_nr(struct task_struct *tsk)
  * Return: 1 if the process is alive. 0 otherwise.
-static inline int pid_alive(struct task_struct *p)
+static inline int pid_alive(const struct task_struct *p)
 	return p->pids[PIDTYPE_PID].pid != NULL;

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