Subject: Re: How to resolve the filename(s) for a vnode?
To: None <>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: tech-kern
Date: 10/19/2005 19:30:06
>> For access checks, [...].  I think it would be better to have
>> something like the fh*() family of syscalls for this purpose

> Opening directly by file handle using fhopen(2) has problems.

> Notably: In Unix, restricting the permissions of a common parent in
> the directory hierarchy effectively restricts the permissions
> underneath that common parent, because people can't traverse the
> common parent to get to the children.

Yes.  But note that for calls that involve a path walk, I was
recommending using the path which is already at hand.  Something
fh*()-like was only for calls which don't involve paths, and for those,
you must already have access to the vnode anyway, so performing checks
based on a path walk is inappropriate.  After all, if you open a file
and then, while it's open, protect the path, it doesn't prevent you
from accessing the file as long as you keep it open.

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