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From: David Howells <>
To: viro-RmSDqhL/
	Eric Sandeen <>,,,,
	Michael Kerrisk
Subject: [PATCH] statx: Kill fd-with-NULL-path support in favour of AT_EMPTY_PATH
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:15:55 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

[!] NOTE: This breaks UAPI introduced in 4.11-rc1.

With the new statx() syscall, the following both allow the attributes of the
file attached to a file descriptor to be retrieved:

	statx(dfd, NULL, 0, ...);


	statx(dfd, "", AT_EMPTY_PATH, ...);

Change the code to reject the first option, though this means copying the
path and engaging pathwalk for the fstat() equivalent.  dfd can be a
non-directory provided path is "".

Fixes: a528d35e8bfc ("statx: Add a system call to make enhanced file info available")
Reported-by: Michael Kerrisk <>
Signed-off-by: David Howells <>
cc: Eric Sandeen <>

 fs/stat.c |   13 ++++++-------
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/stat.c b/fs/stat.c
index c6c963b2546b..3d85747bd86e 100644
--- a/fs/stat.c
+++ b/fs/stat.c
@@ -547,13 +547,13 @@ cp_statx(const struct kstat *stat, struct statx __user *buffer)
  * sys_statx - System call to get enhanced stats
  * @dfd: Base directory to pathwalk from *or* fd to stat.
- * @filename: File to stat *or* NULL.
+ * @filename: File to stat or "" with AT_EMPTY_PATH
  * @flags: AT_* flags to control pathwalk.
  * @mask: Parts of statx struct actually required.
  * @buffer: Result buffer.
- * Note that if filename is NULL, then it does the equivalent of fstat() using
- * dfd to indicate the file of interest.
+ * Note that fstat() can be emulated by setting dfd to the fd of interest,
+ * supplying "" as the filename and setting AT_EMPTY_PATH in the flags.
 		int, dfd, const char __user *, filename, unsigned, flags,
@@ -567,11 +567,10 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE5(statx,
 		return -EINVAL;
 		return -EINVAL;
+	if (!filename)
+		return -EINVAL;
-	if (filename)
-		error = vfs_statx(dfd, filename, flags, &stat, mask);
-	else
-		error = vfs_statx_fd(dfd, &stat, mask, flags);
+	error = vfs_statx(dfd, filename, flags, &stat, mask);
 	if (error)
 		return error;

             reply	other threads:[~2017-04-26 21:15 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-04-26 21:15 David Howells [this message]
     [not found] ` <>
2017-04-26 22:03   ` [PATCH] statx: Kill fd-with-NULL-path support in favour of AT_EMPTY_PATH Linus Torvalds
     [not found]     ` <>
2017-04-27 11:53       ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)

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