[RFC PATCH v2] fs/xattr: add *at family syscalls

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at linux-m68k.org
Fri May 12 01:17:29 AEST 2023

Hi Christian,

On Thu, May 11, 2023 at 5:10 PM Christian Göttsche
<cgzones at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Add the four syscalls setxattrat(), getxattrat(), listxattrat() and
> removexattrat().  Those can be used to operate on extended attributes,
> especially security related ones, either relative to a pinned directory
> or on a file descriptor without read access, avoiding a
> /proc/<pid>/fd/<fd> detour, requiring a mounted procfs.
> One use case will be setfiles(8) setting SELinux file contexts
> ("security.selinux") without race conditions.
> Add XATTR flags to the private namespace of AT_* flags.
> Use the do_{name}at() pattern from fs/open.c.
> Use a single flag parameter for extended attribute flags (currently
> XATTR_CREATE and XATTR_REPLACE) and *at() flags to not exceed six
> syscall arguments in setxattrat().
> Previous approach ("f*xattr: allow O_PATH descriptors"): https://lore.kernel.org/all/20220607153139.35588-1-cgzones@googlemail.com/
> v1 discussion: https://lore.kernel.org/all/20220830152858.14866-2-cgzones@googlemail.com/
> Signed-off-by: Christian Göttsche <cgzones at googlemail.com>

Thanks for your patch!

The syscall numbers conflict with those used in "[PATCH] cachestat:
wire up cachestat for other architectures", so this needs some

>  arch/m68k/kernel/syscalls/syscall.tbl       |   4 +

For m68k:
Acked-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert at linux-m68k.org>



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