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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/11] fs: Allow superblock owner to change ownership of inodes
Miklos Szeredi <> writes:

> On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 3:32 PM, Dongsu Park <> wrote:
>> From: Eric W. Biederman <>
>> Allow users with CAP_SYS_CHOWN over the superblock of a filesystem to
>> chown files. Ordinarily the capable_wrt_inode_uidgid check is
>> sufficient to allow access to files but when the underlying filesystem
>> has uids or gids that don't map to the current user namespace it is
>> not enough, so the chown permission checks need to be extended to
>> allow this case.
>> Calling chown on filesystem nodes whose uid or gid don't map is
>> necessary if those nodes are going to be modified as writing back
>> inodes which contain uids or gids that don't map is likely to cause
>> filesystem corruption of the uid or gid fields.
> How can the filesystem be corrupted if chown is denied?
> It is not clear to me what the purpose of this patch is or what the
> exact usecase this is fixing.

It isn't a fix and we can delay this one and similar patches
that enable things until we are certain all of the necessary
restrictions are in place. This is not essential for safely getting
fully unprivileged mounting of fuse to work.

The overall strategy has been to handle as many of the generic concerns
at the vfs level as possible to separate filesystem concerns and generic

In this case the generic concern is what happens when the uid is read
from the filesystem and it gets mapped to INVALID_UID and then the inode
for that file is written back.

That is a trap for the unwary filesystem implementation and not a case
that I think anyone will actually care about. It is just not useful
to mount a filesystem and to not map some of it's ids. So the generic
vfs code just denies writes to files like show with uid of INVALID_UID
or gid of INVALID_GID. Just to ensure that problems don't show up.

This patch gets through those defenses.


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