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    Subject[PATCH 4/9] AF_RXRPC: Key facility changes for AF_RXRPC
    Export the keyring key type definition and document its availability.

    Add alternative types into the key's type_data union to make it more useful.
    Not all users necessarily want to use it as a list_head (AF_RXRPC doesn't, for
    example), so make it clear that it can be used in other ways.

    Signed-Off-By: David Howells <>

    Documentation/keys.txt | 12 ++++++++++++
    include/linux/key.h | 2 ++
    security/keys/keyring.c | 2 ++
    3 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

    diff --git a/Documentation/keys.txt b/Documentation/keys.txt
    index 60c665d..81d9aa0 100644
    --- a/Documentation/keys.txt
    +++ b/Documentation/keys.txt
    @@ -859,6 +859,18 @@ payload contents" for more information.
    void unregister_key_type(struct key_type *type);

    +Under some circumstances, it may be desirable to desirable to deal with a
    +bundle of keys. The facility provides access to the keyring type for managing
    +such a bundle:
    + struct key_type key_type_keyring;
    +This can be used with a function such as request_key() to find a specific
    +keyring in a process's keyrings. A keyring thus found can then be searched
    +with keyring_search(). Note that it is not possible to use request_key() to
    +search a specific keyring, so using keyrings in this way is of limited utility.
    diff --git a/include/linux/key.h b/include/linux/key.h
    index 169f05e..a9220e7 100644
    --- a/include/linux/key.h
    +++ b/include/linux/key.h
    @@ -160,6 +160,8 @@ struct key {
    union {
    struct list_head link;
    + unsigned long x[2];
    + void *p[2];
    } type_data;

    /* key data
    diff --git a/security/keys/keyring.c b/security/keys/keyring.c
    index ad45ce7..88292e3 100644
    --- a/security/keys/keyring.c
    +++ b/security/keys/keyring.c
    @@ -66,6 +66,8 @@ struct key_type key_type_keyring = {
    .read = keyring_read,

    * semaphore to serialise link/link calls to prevent two link calls in parallel
    * introducing a cycle
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