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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 0/2] Correct behavior for listxattr and 'trusted' xattrs
On 2010-03-02, at 01:01, James Morris wrote:
> I noticed that there are differences in the behavior of listxattr(2)
> for
> xattrs in the trusted namespace.
>
> Some filesystems, such as ext[234], require CAP_SYS_ADMIN for this,
> i.e.
> trusted xattr names are hidden from unprivileged users.

This matches my understanding of the trusted.* namespace. It is
settable by the kernel and root (CAP_SYS_ADMIN) but not regular users.

> I'm not sure what the initial intention was for the behavior, although
> given that several major filesystems are have been fielded with the
> CAP_SYS_ADMIN check, it seems most prudent to make this the standard
> behavior for all filesystems, in case any users are depending on it.


Cheers, Andreas
--
Andreas Dilger
Sr. Staff Engineer, Lustre Group
Sun Microsystems of Canada, Inc.



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