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SubjectRe: [PATCH] nextfd(2)
On 04/01/2012 05:57 AM, Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
> * /proc/self/fd is unreliable:
> proc may be unconfigured or not mounted at expected place.
> Looking at /proc/self/fd requires opening directory
> which may not be available due to malicious rlimit drop or ENOMEM situations.
> Not opening directory is equivalent to dumb close(2) loop except slower.

This is really the motivation for this... the real question is how much
functionality is actually available in the system without /proc mounted,
and in particular if this particular subcase is worth optimizing ...
after all, if someone is maliciously setting rlimit, we can just abort
(if someone can set an rlimit they can also force an abort) or revert to
the slow path.


H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
I work for Intel. I don't speak on their behalf.

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