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SubjectRe: swapfile security weakeness
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> > swapon should keep a handle on the inode, which means the file won't
> > be removed from the physical media even if it is unlinked (just like
> > open files aren't.)
>
> Unfortunately, there are a few issues with that:
> - it doesn't work on inodeless FSes (msdosfs)
> - you can't swapoff() a deleted file, leaving minor
> fs corruption on reboot (and major corruption on
> umsdos and the like)
> - since you can't swapoff() the deleted file, you
> can't reclaim the disk space
>
> This basically means that we have a real problem at
> hand that should be fixed.

Sure it works on inodeless filesystems -- *ALL* filesystems are
inode-based as far as the Linux kernel are concerned. However, your
objection about swapoff() is well taken -- we need a variant that can
take an index to a swap area rather than a filename.

-hpa

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