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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/6] File Sealing & memfd_create()

On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM, Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:
> It occurs to me that, before going nuts with these kinds of flags, it
> may pay to just try to fix the /proc/self/fd issue for real -- we
> could just make open("/proc/self/fd/3", O_RDWR) fail if fd 3 is
> read-only. That may be enough for the file sealing thing.

For the sealing API, none of this is needed. As long as the inode is
owned by the uid who creates the memfd, you can pass it around and
no-one besides root and you can open /proc/self/fd/$fd (assuming chmod
700). If you share the fd with someone with the same uid as you,
you're screwed anyway. We don't protect users against themselves (I
mean, they can ptrace you, or kill()..). Therefore, I'm not really
convinced that we want this for memfd. At least no-one has provided a
_proper_ use-case for this so far.


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