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From: Christian Brauner <>
To: Ameer Hamza <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Add new open(2) flag - O_EMPTY_PATH
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2023 14:06:51 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20230106130651.vxz7pjtu5gvchdgt@wittgenstein> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Wed, Dec 28, 2022 at 09:02:49PM +0500, Ameer Hamza wrote:
> This patch adds a new flag O_EMPTY_PATH that allows openat and open
> system calls to open a file referenced by fd if the path is empty,
> and it is very similar to the FreeBSD O_EMPTY_PATH flag. This can be
> beneficial in some cases since it would avoid having to grant /proc
> access to things like samba containers for reopening files to change
> flags in a race-free way.
> Signed-off-by: Ameer Hamza <>
> ---

In general this isn't a bad idea and Aleksa and I proposed this as part
of the openat2() patchset (see [1]).

However, the reason we didn't do this right away was that we concluded
that it shouldn't be simply adding a flag. Reopening file descriptors
through procfs is indeed very useful and is often required. But it's
also been an endless source of subtle bugs and security holes as it
allows reopening file descriptors with more permissions than the
original file descriptor had.

The same lax behavior should not be encoded into O_EMPTYPATH. Ideally we
would teach O_EMPTYPATH to adhere to magic link modes by default. This
would be tied to the idea of upgrade mask in openat2() (cf. [2]). They
allow a caller to specify the permissions that a file descriptor may be
reopened with at the time the fd is opened.


  parent reply	other threads:[~2023-01-06 13:08 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-12-28 16:02 [PATCH] Add new open(2) flag - O_EMPTY_PATH Ameer Hamza
2022-12-31  0:15 ` kernel test robot
2022-12-31 23:56   ` [PATCH v2] " Ameer Hamza
2023-01-01 11:16     ` kernel test robot
2023-01-01 15:37       ` [PATCH v3] " Ameer Hamza
2023-01-02 14:01     ` [PATCH v2] " David Laight
2023-01-02 14:35       ` Ameer Hamza
2023-01-06  9:21         ` David Laight
2023-01-06 13:06 ` Christian Brauner [this message]
2023-04-19  1:15   ` [PATCH] " Ameer Hamza
     [not found]     ` <>
2023-04-19  9:18       ` Christian Brauner
2023-04-19 21:29     ` David Laight
2023-04-26 13:10       ` Andrew Walker

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