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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ext2: Don't export ext2_mask_flags() to user space
On 2012-03-22, at 11:31, Al Viro <> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:28:25PM -0400, Ted Ts'o wrote:
>> Even if they're not iwlling to use libext2fs (for space reasons, I
>> would assume? It can't be because of license compatibility issues
>> since they are both GPLv2), they could just simply grab the ext2_fs.h
>> from e2fsprogs. That has all of the file system definitions for ext2,
>> ext3, and ext4.
> Ho-hum... Then we could kill a lot of lines in include/linux/ext2_fs.h.
> I wonder how much of what remains has any business being outside of
> fs/ext2, actually - AFAICS, there are very few places that might possibly
> care:
> arch/blackfin/kernel/setup.c:595: if (*((unsigned short *)(mtd_phys + 0x438)) == EXT2_SUPER_MAGIC)
> fs/nfsd/nfs3proc.c:599: case EXT2_SUPER_MAGIC:
> fs/nfsd/nfs3proc.c:600: resp->p_link_max = EXT2_LINK_MAX;
> fs/nfsd/nfs3proc.c:601: resp->p_name_max = EXT2_NAME_LEN;

These don't really make sense to be using ext2 constants.

> init/do_mounts_rd.c:57: struct ext2_super_block *ext2sb;
> init/do_mounts_rd.c:70: ext2sb = (struct ext2_super_block *) buf;
> init/do_mounts_rd.c:153: if (ext2sb->s_magic == cpu_to_le16(EXT2_SUPER_MAGIC)) {
> init/do_mounts_rd.c:155: "RAMDISK: ext2 filesystem found at block %d\n",
> init/do_mounts_rd.c:157: nblocks = le32_to_cpu(ext2sb->s_blocks_count) <<
> init/do_mounts_rd.c:158: le32_to_cpu(ext2sb->s_log_block_size);
> security/selinux/hooks.c:2974: case EXT2_IOC_GETFLAGS:
> security/selinux/hooks.c:2976: case EXT2_IOC_GETVERSION:
> security/selinux/hooks.c:2980: case EXT2_IOC_SETFLAGS:
> security/selinux/hooks.c:2982: case EXT2_IOC_SETVERSION:

These ones should be using the generic FS_IOC_{GET,SET}_FLAGS.

It isn't clear that there is any legitimate use for EXT2_IOC_SETVERSION, since it isn't possible to allocate specific inode numbers, so there isn't really any use to set the inode version. Ostensibly it was for user-space NFS, but it can't be used for this, and we are planning to deprecate it from ext2/3/4 already due to incompatibility with the metadata checksum feature.

> and that's it. blackfin and do_mounts_rd are doing the same thing (blackfin -
> buggy, AFAICS). Looks like both are asking for something along the lines of
> sector_t detect_ext2(void *image), returning 0 if it's not one and size in
> kilobytes if it is... nfsd one is just plain weird; what the hell is going
> on there? And selinux wants to know 4 ioctl numbers.
> Everything else doesn't go beyond fs/ext2; there's a couple of odd macros
> but they are not used anywhere *and* EXT2_FEATURE_COMPAT_EXT_ATTR is not
> available in the places that include those headers...
> *and*
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