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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Add "-e" option to rpc.gssd to allow error on ticket expiry. Try 2 with added man pages.
On 11/18/2011 09:33 PM, Trond Myklebust wrote:
> On Fri, 2011-11-18 at 20:19 +0100, John Hughes wrote:
>> On 11/18/2011 07:35 PM, Trond Myklebust wrote:
>>> You need a big fat warning somewhere that enabling this option WILL
>>> cause data corruption...
>> Why?
>> Because some process may get the EACCES error half way through it's
>> operation.
> No. Because the process can receive a reply to the write() syscall that
> indicates that the data is safe,

There is no reply from "write(2)" that says the data is safe.

> but the EKEYEXPIRED error will cause
> the data to be lost when the client tries to actually commit the data to
> disk.
>> The traditional Kerberos/AFS way was to behave the old way, and use
>> krenew to keep the ticket from expiring if a process needed to be run
>> overnight.
> Which is just wrong: the general intention of kerberos security is to
> ensure that the _user_ has ACKed an operation. Renewing tickets without
> user input would circumvent that intention. If you need to have the job
> run overnight, then ask for a longer lifetime for your ticket.

Ok, so no need for the hang on ticket expired then.

(Although I don't think renewable tickets and krenew are a figment of my

>> What other way is there of fixing the problem if we are going to keep
>> the "hang 'till a ticket turns up" behaviour? (rewrite gnome and kde
>> seems kind of a big job).
> Notify the kernel that a ticket is about to expire so that the kernel
> can decide to block the process on the next NFS-related syscall.
I don't understand. How is it a win to block processes *before* the
ticket has expired?

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