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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] vfs: new open(2) flag to open filesystem node
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On Sun, 5 Jul 2009, Ulrich Drepper wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 17:40, Linus
> Torvalds<torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> > O_SEARCH is only meaningful for directories. For anything else, it's not
> > at all POSIX - it's expressly defined to be "undefined".
>
> And this is why there is the differentiation with O_EXEC. Yes, i
> didn't mention it in the last email. But I mentioned it when it came
> up the first time.
>
> I don't say this is indeed what is wanted/needed here. But there are
> IMO some similarities and I think implementing O_SEARCH and O_EXEC is
> desirable.

O_SEARCH loosens the security model somewhat: a process could keep
search access to a directory even after the permissions have been
changed.

O_EXEC is similar, but "execute" is really not an access, just a flag,
so...

Thanks,
Miklos


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