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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kernel/groups.c: use bsearch library function
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On 07/10/2019 21.26, Thomas Meyer wrote:
> commit b7b2562f7252 ("kernel/groups.c: use sort library function")
> introduced the sort library function.
> also use the bsearch library function instead of open-coding the binary
> search.

Yes, but please note the difference between sorting the group_info and
searching it: The former is done quite rarely - the setgroups syscall is
used roughly once per login-session.

But the searching of that structure is done more or less every time a
user accesses a file not owned by that user (e.g., any time a normal
user accesses anything in /usr) - at least if I'm reading
acl_permission_check() right.

So using a callback-based interface, especially in a post-spectre world,
may have a somewhat large performance impact.

Rasmus

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