Bug 595673 - Crash in kernel by running 'filecap /dev/watchdog'
Summary: Crash in kernel by running 'filecap /dev/watchdog'
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: libcap-ng
Version: 6.0
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Steve Grubb
QA Contact: Eduard Benes
Whiteboard: abrt_hash:2069189119
Depends On: 591813
Blocks: 519823 584207
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Reported: 2010-05-25 11:13 UTC by Eduard Benes
Modified: 2010-11-10 21:02 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version: libcap-ng-0.6.4-3.el6
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of: 591813
Last Closed: 2010-11-10 21:02:06 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

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Comment 1 Daniel Walsh 2010-06-15 20:25:58 UTC
Eric any update on this bug?

Comment 2 Eduard Benes 2010-06-16 09:11:16 UTC
Using Eric's program from the original bug (see comment 6) I was able to narrow
it down to just one file /dev/watchdog triggering the crash (and also a link in

Steps to reproduce:
1. Compile Eric's program from the original bug (comment #6) or use filecap
tool from libcap-ng-utils package.
2. Run it on /dev/watchdog:
  # ./bz591831 /dev/watchdog
  # filecap /dev/watchdog
3. Wait 20-30 seconds for the crash to occur 

Additional info:
Always reprducible on my system.
$ uname -a
Linux ****** 2.6.32-28.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu May 20 14:03:38 EDT 2010 x86_64
x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Comment 3 Eric Paris 2010-06-16 20:17:22 UTC
This is expected behavior!  /dev/watchdog is backed by a hardware timer (if your system has it) which starts when the file is opened and panics if there is no write to the watchdog file in a short period of time.  The idea is that you an write a program in userspace that write to /dev/watchdog every second or two and the system will panic if userspace becomes unresponsive.

We might be able to report this against libcap-ng-utils and ask that its operation be changed from


to just use getxattr() without the open/close.

There is certainly no kernel bug here.  If you open /dev/watchdog and don't do anything else the system is supposed to panic.

Comment 4 Eric Paris 2010-06-16 20:30:21 UTC
I'm going to go ahead and reassign to libcap-ng-utils.   steve can decide if he wants to make changes or just say '"don't do that"   or what.....

Comment 5 Steve Grubb 2010-06-17 19:28:21 UTC
Found an easy fix for this problem. We can just use the stat mode that is handed to the file checker to make sure we are dealing with a regular file.

Comment 6 Steve Grubb 2010-06-17 21:16:50 UTC
Built libcap-ng-0.6.4-3.el6 to resolve this problem.

Comment 9 releng-rhel@redhat.com 2010-11-10 21:02:06 UTC
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 is now available and should resolve
the problem described in this bug report. This report is therefore being closed
with a resolution of CURRENTRELEASE. You may reopen this bug report if the
solution does not work for you.

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