uselib: remove use of __FMODE_EXEC

Jann Horn points out that uselib() really shouldn't trigger the new
FMODE_EXEC logic introduced by commit 4759ff71f23e ("exec: __FMODE_EXEC
instead of in_execve for LSMs").

In fact, it shouldn't even have ever triggered the old pre-existing
logic for __FMODE_EXEC (like the NFS code that makes executables not
need read permissions).  Unlike a real execve(), that can work even with
files that are purely executable by the user (not readable), uselib()
has that MAY_READ requirement becasue it's really just a convenience
wrapper around mmap() for legacy shared libraries.

The whole FMODE_EXEC bit was originally introduced by commit
b500531e6f5f ("[PATCH] Introduce FMODE_EXEC file flag"), primarily to
give ETXTBUSY error returns for distributed filesystems.

It has since grown a few other warts (like that NFS thing), but there
really isn't any reason to use it for uselib(), and now that we are
trying to use it to replace the horrid 'tsk->in_execve' flag, it's
actively wrong.

Of course, as Jann Horn also points out, nobody should be enabling
CONFIG_USELIB in the first place in this day and age, but that's a
different discussion entirely.

Reported-by: Jann Horn <>
Fixes: 4759ff71f23e ("exec: __FMODE_EXEC instead of in_execve for LSMs")
Cc: Kees Cook <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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