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* [PATCH] statx: correct error handling of NULL pathname
@ 2017-04-27 11:54 Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
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From: Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) @ 2017-04-27 11:54 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Linus Torvalds
  Cc: mtk.manpages, David Howells, Al Viro, linux-man, Linux API,
	Eric Sandeen, Linux Kernel Mailing List, fstests, linux-fsdevel

The change in 1e2f82d1e9d1 to error on a NULL pathname to statx()
is inconsistent.  It results in the error EINVAL for a NULL pathname.
Consistent with similar APIs (fchownat(), fstatat(), linkat()),
the error should be EFAULT.

The solution is simply to remove the EINVAL check. As I already
pointed out in, user_path_at*()
and filename_lookup() will handle the NULL pathname as per
the other APIs, to correctly produce the error EFAULT.

Signed-off-by: Michael Kerrisk <>
 fs/stat.c | 2 --
 1 file changed, 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/stat.c b/fs/stat.c
index 3d85747..a257b87 100644
--- a/fs/stat.c
+++ b/fs/stat.c
@@ -567,8 +567,6 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE5(statx,
 		return -EINVAL;
 		return -EINVAL;
-	if (!filename)
-		return -EINVAL;
 	error = vfs_statx(dfd, filename, flags, &stat, mask);
 	if (error)

Michael Kerrisk
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