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Date:	Tue, 25 Dec 2012 23:45:32 -0500
From:	Theodore Ts'o <>
To:	Chen Gang <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fs/ext3: use kzalloc instead of kmalloc

On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 11:15:19AM +0800, Chen Gang wrote:
>   checking the ext3_acl_size, it does not like what you said above.
>   but we can say, the design for ext3_acl_size is really not quit well.
>     (maybe can cause issue).

Ah, I see.  What's there is OK, but it's not at all obvious that it's
OK.  A valid acl must have a very specific order of tags, as enforced
by posix_acl_valid() in fs/posix_acl.c:


[1] Where * is the regexp sense of "0 or more times"
[2] Only if there is at least one ACL_USER or ACL_GROUP tag; otherwise
	skip ACL_MASK.

Hence, a valid acl can have at most 4 short acl entry types
(ACL_USER_OBJ, ACL_GROUP, ACL_MASK, and ACL_OTHER), and if there is
less than 4 acl entries, they must all be short acl types.

All I can say is, this is a horrible way of coding things, and I wish
this was documented explicitly somewhere either in fs/posix_acl.c or
in include/linux/posix_acl.h.  Yuck, yuck, yuck....

						- Ted
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