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SubjectRe: futimes()?
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Followup to:  <20030202120752.GK5239@riesen-pc.gr05.synopsys.com>
By author: Alex Riesen <alexander.riesen@synopsys.COM>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> H. Peter Anvin, Sun, Feb 02, 2003 02:53:22 +0100:
> > In the general vein of avoiding security holes by using file
> > descriptors when doing repeated operations on the same filesystem
> > object, I have noticed that there doesn't seem to be a way to set
> > mtime using a file descriptor. Do we need a futimes() syscall?
>
> There is a small problem with close(). It can update mtime as well.
>

Presumably it shouldn't unless the file descriptor has been written
to since the last fsync().

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