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SubjectRe: [PATCH -V6 00/26] New ACL format for better NFSv4 acl interoperability
On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 03:38:24PM -0700, Casey Schaufler wrote:
> On 9/12/2011 3:20 PM, J. Bruce Fields wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 02:34:04PM -0700, Casey Schaufler wrote:
> >> On 9/7/2011 5:46 PM, Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu wrote:
> >>> On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 15:42:17 PDT, Casey Schaufler said:
> >>>> On 9/5/2011 10:25 AM, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
> >>>>> The following set of patches implements VFS and ext4 changes needed to implement
> >>>>> a new acl model for linux. Rich ACLs are an implementation of NFSv4 ACLs,
> >>>>> extended by file( masks to fit into the standard POSIX file permission model.
> >>>>> They are designed to work seamlessly locally as well as across the NFSv4 and
> >>>>> CIFS/SMB2 network file system protocols.
> >>>> POSIX ACLs predate the LSM and can't be done as an LSM due to
> >>>> the interactions between mode bits and ACLs as defined by the
> >>>> POSIX DRAFT specification.
> > I don't know LSM so don't understand what you mean when you say that
> > interactions between mode bits and ACLs would make an ACL model hard to
> > implement as an LSM.
>
> POSIX ACLs require that the file permission bits change when
> the ACL changes. This interaction violates the strict "additional
> restriction" model of the LSM.

Oh, OK. Yes, rich ACLs are the same as POSIX ACLs in this respect.
When you set an ACL the mode bits are reset to represent an "upper
bound" on the permissions granted by the ACL.

--b.

> > But in any case the rich acl/mode bit interactions are similar to the
> > posix acl/mode bit interactions, so the same issue probably applies.
>
> It would help if you knew for sure and could explain the interaction
> in sufficient detail to justify the position.


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