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SubjectRe: Why side-effects on open(2) are evil. (was Re: [RFD w/info-PATCH]device arguments from lookup)
Hi!

> Yes, and that is exactly the difference between having a side effect
> on the open(2), versus having the effect as a result of a write(2).
>
> Unfortunately, there are already some cases where an open
> on a device can have unexpected results. If you don't want
> to get blocked waiting for the carrier-detect signal from the
> modem when opening a tty device, you had better specify the
> O_NONBLOCK option on the open. If you don't want this flag
> to be active during the actual I/O operations, then you would
> have to do an fcntl to clear the O_NONBLOCK again after the open.
>
> So I guess things have already been a bit messy in this
> area for many years, even before linux even existed, and
> in some cases you can't really do anything about it because
> the behaviour is mandated by the applicable standards, like
> POSIX, SUS, or whatever.
> (The blocking of the open on a tty device is explicitly
> documented in my copy of the X/Open specification.)
>
> Fortunately, blocking the nightly backup program by making it
> accidentally open a tty is not quite as catastrophic as having
> it start a nuclear war, or format the disks, or something,
> just because a user was playing games with symlinks.

Maybe not *as* catastrophic, but security hole, anyway. User should
not be able to block system backups.

Small demonstration for bugtraq, anyone?
Pavel
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