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SubjectRe: unprivileged mounts git tree
Miklos Szeredi <> writes:

> On Thu, 11 Sep 2008, (Eric W. Biederman)
>> There is a weird corner case I'm trying to wrap my head around.
>> unlink and rmdir do not work on dentries that are mount points
>> in another mount namespace.
>> Which is at least needed for the moment so we don't leak mounts.
>> Once we have unprivileged mounts does that introduce a DOS attack?
> Hmm, yes. That's a tough one...
> I think if the dentry has only user mounts, unlink should go ahead and
> on success dissolve any mounts on the dentry. Does that sound
> workable?

I don't think only user mounts is the right filter.

We have support for lazy unmounts so it is possible to handle
that case.

Technically all we need to do is transform d_mounted from a counter
to a hlist_head and thread yet another list through struct vfs_mount
to track this.

I need to think about the semantics a little more before I have a good
feel of what makes sense. In particular do we want a full
recursive lazy unmount or do we want to handle submounts in a different

This also intersects in interesting ways with dcache pruning, and


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