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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] vfs: new O_NODE open flag
On Sat, 5 Dec 2009, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Sat, 05 Dec 2009 21:35:55 +0100
> Miklos Szeredi <> wrote:
> > On Sat, 5 Dec 2009, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > I am concerned primarily about the lack of ability to get rid of such a
> > > handle in a controlled fashion. The udev/device unload case is simply one
> > > obvious way to exploit it.
> >
> > I don't understand your concern. Can you please ellaborate on the way
> > to exploit O_NODE?
> You end up with a handle to an object which then changes meaning if a
> device is unloaded and something else loaded (or consider a pty
> recreation)


> In the normal udev course of things this is ok because even without
> revoke udev can just about get away with it for the sole reason it knows
> that the handle cannot be open in any form during the driver unload
> (because of the device refcounting). You seem to break that.

No. Udev is ok, because it already does revoke access to the device
on unloading:

:/* Reset permissions on the device node, before unlinking it to make sure,
: * that permissions of possible hard links will be removed too.
: */
:int util_unlink_secure(struct udev *udev, const char *filename)
: int err;
: chmod(filename, 0000);

So I think we agree, that some sort of revoke is needed. But just
resetting the permissions is fine, there's no need to actually revoke
access for the file descriptor opened with O_NODE.

Do you agree?


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