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[Cluster-devel] Re: [fuse-devel] [PATCH 01/25] VFS: move attr_kill logic from notify_change into helper function



On Mon, 2007-08-06 at 21:37 +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > > Your patch is changing the API in a very unsafe way, since there will
> > > be no error or warning on an unconverted fs.  And that could lead to
> > > security holes.
> > > 
> > > If we would rename the setattr method to setattr_new as well as
> > > changing it's behavior, that would be fine.  But I guess we do not
> > > want to do that.
> > 
> > Which "unconverted fses"? If we're talking out of tree stuff, then too
> > bad: it is _their_ responsibility to keep up with kernel changes.
> 
> It is usually a good idea to not change the semantics of an API in a
> backward incompatible way without changing the syntax as well.

We're taking two setattr flags ATTR_KILL_SGID, and ATTR_KILL_SUID which
have existed for several years in the VFS, and making them visible to
the filesystems. Out-of-tree filesystems that care can check for them in
a completely backward compatible way: you don't even need to add a
#define.

> This is true regardless of whether we care about out-of-tree code or
> not (and we should care to some degree).  And especially true if the
> change in question is security sensitive.

It is not true "regardless": the in-tree code is being converted.
Out-of-tree code is the only "problem" here, and their only problem is
that they may have to add support for the new flags if they also support
suid/sgid mode bits.

Are you advocating reserving a new filesystem bit every time we need to
add an attribute flag?

Trond


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