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Re: inode open

On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 13:34:34 -0700
Jason Thorpe <> wrote:

> On Jul 16, 2008, at 7:47 AM, Matt Thomas wrote:
> > Besides the fhopen(2) previously mentioned, this isn't available  
> > because it would break the security used by unix.
> Other Unix-like platforms (Mac OS X) can do this without breaking
> the Unix security model.  We should be able to, too.
I'm curious how they do it.  Today, I can safely have a mode 666 file
inside a 700 directory.  A setuid program can cd to that directory,
surrender privilege, and then operate on the files.  The real user
can't get to that directory, and hence can't touch the files -- but if
it could open things by i-node number, it could.  (I first saw that
technique used in an old MTA, MMDF, circa 1979.)

                --Steve Bellovin,

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