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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/8] Add O_DENY* support for VFS and CIFS/NFS
2013/1/31 J. Bruce Fields <>:
> On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 08:52:09PM +0400, Pavel Shilovsky wrote:
>> This patchset adds support of O_DENY* flags for Linux fs layer. These flags can be used by any application that needs share reservations to organize a file access. VFS already has some sort of this capability - now it's done through flock/LOCK_MAND mechanis, but that approach is non-atomic. This patchset build new capabilities on top of the existing one but doesn't bring any changes into the flock call semantic.
>> These flags can be used by NFS (built-in-kernel) and CIFS (Samba) servers and Wine applications through VFS (for local filesystems) or CIFS/NFS modules. This will help when e.g. Samba and NFS server share the same directory for Windows and Linux users or Wine applications use Samba/NFS share to access the same data from different clients.
>> According to the previous discussions the most problematic question is how to prevent situations like DoS attacks where e.g /lib/ file can be open with DENYREAD, or smth like this. That's why one extra flag O_DENYMAND is added. It indicates to underlying layer that an application want to use O_DENY* flags semantic. It allows us not affect native Linux applications (that don't use O_DENYMAND flag) - so, these flags (and the semantic of open syscall that they bring) are used only for those applications that really want it proccessed that way.
> Maybe that's good enough. A mount flag might be simpler and give
> consistent enforcement for all users.
>> So, we have four new flags:
>> O_DENYREAD - to prevent other opens with read access,
>> O_DENYWRITE - to prevent other opens with write access,
>> O_DENYDELETE - to prevent delete operations (this flag is not implemented in VFS and NFS part and only suitable for CIFS module),
>> O_DENYMAND - to switch on/off three flags above.
> It would be useful to have some really careful documentation of how
> these are meant to work. Maybe try updating the open man page?

Yes, that's a good idea. Do you mean smth like this?

O_DENYMAND - used to inforce a mandatory share reservation scheme of
the file access. If this flag is passed,
the open fails with -ETXTBSY in following cases:

1) if O_DENYREAD flag is specified and there is another open with
O_DENYMAND flag and READ access to the file;
2) if O_DENYWRITE flag is specified and there is another open with
O_DENYMAND flag and WRITE access to the file;
3) if READ access is requested and there is another open with
4) if WRITE access is requested and there is another open with

Also, if O_DENYDELETE flag is specified and the open succeded, any
further unlink operation will fail with -ETXTBSY untill this open is
closed. Now this flag is processed by CIFS filesystems only.

Best regards,
Pavel Shilovsky.

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