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Re: [RFC] Possible new execveat(2) Linux syscall
- From: David Drysdale <drysdale at google dot com>
- To: Christoph Hellwig <hch at infradead dot org>
- Cc: Rich Felker <dalias at aerifal dot cx>, libc-alpha <libc-alpha at sourceware dot org>, Andrew Morton <akpm at linux-foundation dot org>, Linux API <linux-api at vger dot kernel dot org>, Andy Lutomirski <luto at amacapital dot net>, musl at lists dot openwall dot com
- Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:49:35 +0000
- Subject: Re: [RFC] Possible new execveat(2) Linux syscall
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On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM, Christoph Hellwig <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 02:52:46PM -0500, Rich Felker wrote:
>> I've been following the discussions so far and everything looks mostly
>> okay. There are still issues to be resolved with the different
>> semantics between Linux O_PATH and what POSIX requires for O_EXEC (and
>> O_SEARCH) but as long as the intent is that, once O_EXEC is defined to
>> save the permissions at the time of open and cause them to be used in
>> place of the current file permissions at the time of execveat
> As far as I can tell we only need the little patch below to make Linux
> O_PATH a valid O_SEARCH implementation. Rich, you said you wanted to
> look over it?
> For O_EXEC my interpretation is that we basically just need this new
> execveat syscall + a patch to add FMODE_EXEC and enforce it. So we
> wouldn't even need the O_PATH|3 hack. But unless someone more familar
> with the arcane details of the Posix language verifies it I'm tempted to
> give up trying to help to implent these flags :(
I'm not particularly familiar with POSIX details either, but I thought the
O_PATH|3 hack would be needed for the interaction with O_ACCMODE -- just
using FMODE_EXEC as O_EXEC would confuse existing code that examines
(flags & O_ACCMODE).
"Applications shall specify exactly one of the ...five ... file access
modes ... O_EXEC / O_RDONLY / O_RDWR / O_SEARCH / O_WRONLY"
(and O_EXEC and O_SEARCH are allowed to be the same value,
as one only applies to files and the other only applies to directories).
As O_ACCMODE is 3, there are only 4 possible access modes that work
with any existing code that checks (flags & O_ACCMODE), and 3 of the
values are taken (0=O_RDONLY, 1=O_WRONLY, 2=O_RDWR). So I
guess that's where the idea for the |3 hack comes from.