Re: [PATCH 0/7] overlay filesystem v9

From: Michal Suchanek
Date: Fri May 20 2011 - 04:57:07 EST


On 19 May 2011 18:37, Andy Whitcroft <apw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 02:30:45PM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
>> Here's an updated version of the overlay filesystem.
>> Git tree is here:
>> Â git:// overlayfs.v9
> Ok I pulled this into the Ubuntu kernel and made an Ubuntu Live CD
> for testing. ÂOverall it worked pretty well, no hangs, no crashes,
> performance seemed reasonable. ÂWe hit one issue with hard links which
> fail to be possible on overlayfs mounts when the Yama LSM (out of tree)
> is enabled. ÂThis module applies more aggressive checks on hard-links
> preventing links to files you cannot read.
> The bug seems to be related to the way we handle user and group owners for
> the overlayfs inodes, which we do not initialise (and they remain as 0,0).
> While these ownerships are never exposed to userspace they are exposed
> to the LSM layer, and the LSM module checks the wrong owner and fails
> to allow the links.
> From what I can see it is completly reasonable to initialise the ownership
> fields in the overlayfs inode from the underlying inode, or for new files
> ones initialise it in the normal way based on the containing directory.

If the ownership recorded in the inode is not user visible then the
ownership must be taken elsewhere (the lower filesystem?) . Since
deconstructing, modifying and reconstructing the overlay is supported
initializing the inode to some default gives you two possibly
inconsistent ownerships - one seen by LSM, the other by userspace.

So in general LSM should check whatever userspace would I guess.


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