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Re: bin/55815: tar opens device files

The following reply was made to PR bin/55815; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: (Michael van Elst)
Subject: Re: bin/55815: tar opens device files
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2021 05:08:17 -0000 (UTC) (Joerg Sonnenberger) writes:
 >Which part of TOCTOA wasn't clear?
 That the "solution" has to be worse than the problem.
 You can lstat() to handle devices and also need it for symlinks.
 You can re-check like now for things you have to open() and ignore
 the lstat test.
 Then your tapes only rewind when someone sneaks in the device
 node while you are archiving the files and the race condition is hit.

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