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SubjectRe: [PATCH] new syscall: flink
Followup to:  <>
By author: Alan Cox <>
In newsgroup:
> It is actually rather more complicated. Suppose I give you a pipe
> pair handle. You can flink what was a private object and has no
> meaning as a name.
> Suppose I give you a socket what does the call man ?
> Suppose I give you a handle to an anonymous mapping ?


> Suppose I give you a handle to data, how do you know what disk
> it belongs to ?

f_ino->i_sb should give you that information.

> Suppose I give you an O_RDONLY handle to a file which you then
> flink and gain write access too ?

This, I believe, is the real issue. However, we already have that

#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <limits.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
int rfd, wfd;
char filebuf[PATH_MAX];
rfd = open("testfile", O_RDONLY|O_CREAT, 0666);
/* Now rfd is a read-only file descriptor */
sprintf(filebuf, "/proc/self/fd/%d", rfd);
wfd = open(filebuf, O_RDWR);
/* Now wfd is a read-write file descriptor */
write(wfd, "Tjo fidelittan hatt!\n", 21);

return 0;

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