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Re: fallocate() on XFS clobbers S*ID-bits

To: Andreas Wiese <aw-lkml@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: fallocate() on XFS clobbers S*ID-bits
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2010 10:24:51 +1100
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Ciaran McCreesh <ciaran.mccreesh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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References: <20101007183418.GC5621@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Thu, Oct 07, 2010 at 08:34:19PM +0200, Andreas Wiese wrote:
> Hello.
> I (with support from Cc'ed Ciaran) just noticed some odd behaviour with
> fallocate() on XFS.  After open()ing some file and setting it S*ID via
> fchmod(), S*ID bits vanish after calling fallocate() — as supposed to
> for non-root users, but it also happens for root.
> Is this intended behaviour or did we spot a bug here?
> At least on ext2 it works as expected, thus I guess it's the latter one.

ext2 does not support the fallocate syscall. How does ext4 behave?

> I'm running v2.6.35.7 vanilla-kernel, but diffing fs/xfs to master
> doesn't seem to address this issue.

XFS has always cleared SUID/SGID bits when doing preallocation (via
XFS_IOC_RESVSP). Given that that XFS ioctl formed the model for
fallocate, I'd argue that the XFS behaviour is the on that should be

It'd be a bit silly for two different preallocation interfaces to
have different behaviour w.r.t. SUID bits, but it's not clear to me
which behaviour is correct. I'm happy to defer to whoever can say
what the behaviour is supposed to be here...


Dave Chinner

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