Robert Haas <> writes:
> On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 1:21 AM, Greg Smith <> wrote:
>> ... If you assume someone can run through all the
>> PIDs between those checks and the kill, the system is already broken that
>> way.

> From a theoretical point of view, I believe it to be slightly
> different.  If a superuser sends a kill, they will certainly be
> authorized to kill whatever they end up killing, because they are
> authorized to kill anything.  On the other hand, the proposed patch
> would potentially result - in the extremely unlikely event of a
> super-fast PID wraparound - in someone cancelling a query they
> otherwise wouldn't have been able to cancel.

> In practice, the chances of this seem fairly remote.

I think this argument is bogus: if this is a real issue, then no use of
kill() anytime, by anyone, is safe.  In practice I believe that Unix
systems avoid recycling PIDs right away so as to offer some protection.

                        regards, tom lane

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