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SubjectRe: FS callback routines
Jesse Pollard wrote:
> Daniel Phillips <>:
> > Jamie Lokier wrote:
> > >
> > > Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > > > DN_OPEN A file in the directory was opened
> > > >
> > > > You open the top level directory and register for events. When somebody
> > > > opens a subdirectory of the top level directory, you receive
> > > > notification and register for events on the subdirectory, and so on,
> > > > down to the file that is actually modified.
> > >
> > > If it worked, and I'm not sure the timing would be reliable enough, the
> > > daemon would only have to have open every directory being accessed by
> > > every program in the system. Hmm. Seems like overkill when you're only
> > > interested in files that are being modified.
> >
> > It gets to close some too. Normally just the directories in the path to
> > the file(s) being modified would be open.
> >
> > Good point about the timing. A directory should not disappear before an
> > in-flight notification has been serviced. I doubt the current scheme
> > enforces this. There is no more room for 'works most of the time' in
> > this than there is in our memory page handling.
> >
> > > It would be much, much more reliable to do a walk over d_parent in
> > > dnotify.c. Your idea is a nice way to flag kernel dentries such that
> > > you don't do d_parent walks unnecessarily.
> >
> > It's bottom-up vs top-down. It's worth analyzing the top-down approach
> > a little more, it does solve a lot of problems (and creates some as you
> > pointed out, or at least makes some existing problems more obvious).
> > For make it's really quite nice. The make daemon only needs to register
> > in the top level directory of the source tree. I think this solves the
> > hard link problem too, because each path that's interested in
> > notification will receive it.
> It makes security checks impossible though. You would have to reboot
> the system every time a directory changes permission to block unauthorized
> monitoring of files that are no longer accessable by the user.

Heh. *No reboots*. At worst you would have to kill, but I don't see
what is impossible about this. It's not worse than the current
situation, which is just to check permissions on open and trust they
don't change. That is not a reason to give up and accept the status

In a separate thread (Re: Subtle MM bug) "Albert D. Cahalan" wrote:
> Credentials could be changed on syscall exit. It is a bit like
> doing signals I think, with less overhead than making userspace
> muck around with signal handlers and synchronization crud.

IOW, I don't think this notification method makes things worse for
security. In fact, it could have important benefits for security. How
about a security daemon that gets notified every time a file is changed
and sounds alarms when it doesn't make sense?

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