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SubjectRe: [NFS] Re: Will NFSv4 be accepted?

On Wed, 14 Aug 2002, Brian Pawlowski wrote:

> > RPCSEC_GSS is not an argument for NFSv4...
> yes.
> But ACL support over the wire is an argument for V4 - and fine grained
> authorization coupled to strong authentication makes for a flexible
> security package.

Not really. With the quality of existing userland (Linux, Solaris, *BSD,
NT, etc.) _anything_ more complex than "I'm the only one who can create
or remove objects here" is a big, gaping hole. Which makes any theoretical
benefits (if any) of ACL-based schemes moot. Same (to slightly less extent)
applies to regular files.

In other words, if you need something more complex than usual - you are
screwed on the userland side, regardless of the kernel behaviour.

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