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SubjectRe: sys_write() racy for multi-threaded append?
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Michael K. Edwards <medwards.linux@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 3/8/07, Eric Dumazet <dada1@cosmosbay.com> wrote:
>> Absolutely not. We dont want to slow down kernel 'just in case a fool might
>> want to do crazy things'
>
> Actually, I think it would make the kernel (negligibly) faster to bump
> f_pos before the vfs_write() call.

This is a security risk.

----------------
other process:
unlink(secrest_file)
Thread 1:
write(fd, large)
(interrupted)

Thread 2:
fseek(fd, -n, relative)
read(fd, buf)
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BTW: The best thing you can do to a program where two threads race for
writing one fd is to let it crash and burn in the most spectacular way
allowed without affecting the rest of the system, unless it happens to
be a pipe and the number of bytes written is less than PIPE_MAX.
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