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Subjectusing open() on a looping symlink with O_CREAT set fails incorrectly.

We've found a case on 2.4.0 where an open performed on a looping symlink
(a symlink that points to itself) does not fail correctly when the open
flag O_CREAT is set. When opening the looping link with only one of
O_RDONLY, O_RDWR, or O_WRONLY, open() fails as expected with an ELOOP.
Using O_CREAT or'ed with one of O_RDONLY, O_RDWR, or O_WRONLY fails as
follows. All of these should fail with an ELOOP (apparently):

open("link",O_RDONLY|O_CREAT) : reports a successful open. Examination
of /proc/<pid>/fd indicates that the opened descriptor refers to the
directory the link is in.
open("link",O_WRONLY|O_CREAT) : fils with errno EISDIR (21) "Is a
directory"
open("link",O_WRONLY|O_RDWR) : fils with errno EISDIR (21) "Is a
directory"

ver_linux output:

Linux greenhouse 2.4.0 #1 SMP Thu Jan 4 18:27:27 CST 2001 i686 unknown
Kernel modules 2.3.23
Gnu C egcs-2.91.66
Binutils 2.9.5.0.22
Linux C Library 2.1.3
Dynamic linker ldd (GNU libc) 2.1.3
Procps 2.0.6
Mount 2.10f
Net-tools 1.54
Console-tools 0.3.3
Sh-utils 2.0
Modules Loaded ipx nfs autofs nfsd lockd sunrpc eepro100
ncr53c8xx

Illustration code

All of the test cases in this code should fail with an ELOOP. They do
fail correctly on 2.2.16. On our 2.4 system, the last three cases with
O_CREAT fail unexpectedly (discussed above):

#include <unistd.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <errno.h>

void call_open(int mode, char *strmode)
{
int fd;

fd = open("testlink",mode);

if (fd<0)
{
printf("open(%s) of looping symlink failed: %d:
%s\n",strmode,errno,strerror(errno));
}
else
{
printf("hmm, open(%s) should have failed\n",strmode);
close(fd);
}
}

int main()
{
int fd;

symlink("testlink","testlink");

call_open(O_RDONLY,"O_RDONLY");
call_open(O_WRONLY,"O_WRONLY");
call_open(O_RDWR,"O_RDWR");
call_open(O_RDONLY|O_CREAT,"O_RDONLY|O_CREAT");
call_open(O_WRONLY|O_CREAT,"O_WRONLY|O_CREAT");
call_open(O_RDWR|O_CREAT,"O_RDWR|O_CREAT");

unlink("testlink");
}

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--aaron

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Aaron Laffin
SGI Linux Test Project http://oss.sgi.com/projects/ltp/
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