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Date:	Mon, 26 Oct 2009 17:31:57 +0100
From:	Jan Kara <>
To:	Pavel Machek <>
Cc:	kernel list <>,,,
Subject: Re: symlinks with permissions


On Sun 25-10-09 07:29:53, Pavel Machek wrote:
> ...yes, they do exist, in /proc/self/fd/* . Unfortunately, their
> permissions are not actually checked during open, resulting in
> (obscure) security hole: if you have fd open for reading, you can
> reopen it for write, even through unix permissions would not allow
> that.
> Now... I'd like to close the hole. One way would be to actually check
> symlink permissions on open -- because those symlinks already have
> correct permissions.
  Hmm, I'm not sure I understand the problem. Symlink is just a file
containing a path. So if you try to open a symlink, you will actually open
a file to which the path points. So what security problem is here? Either
you can open the file symlink points to for writing or you cannot...
  Anyway, if you want to play with this,
  is probably the function you are interested in.

Jan Kara <>
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