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Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:45:38 +0200
From: Mickaël Salaün <>
To: Christian Brauner <>,
 Aleksa Sarai <>
Cc:, Alexei Starovoitov <>,
 Al Viro <>, Andy Lutomirski <>,
 Christian Heimes <>,
 Daniel Borkmann <>,
 Deven Bowers <>,
 Eric Chiang <>, Florian Weimer <>,
 James Morris <>, Jan Kara <>,
 Jann Horn <>, Jonathan Corbet <>,
 Kees Cook <>, Matthew Garrett <>,
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 Mickaël Salaün <>,
 Mimi Zohar <>,
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 Vincent Strubel <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 0/5] Add support for RESOLVE_MAYEXEC

On 30/04/2020 10:07, Christian Brauner wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 11:54:29AM +1000, Aleksa Sarai wrote:
>> On 2020-04-28, Mickaël Salaün <> wrote:
>>> The goal of this patch series is to enable to control script execution
>>> with interpreters help.  A new RESOLVE_MAYEXEC flag, usable through
>>> openat2(2), is added to enable userspace script interpreter to delegate
>>> to the kernel (and thus the system security policy) the permission to
>>> interpret/execute scripts or other files containing what can be seen as
>>> commands.
>>> This third patch series mainly differ from the previous one by relying
>>> on the new openat2(2) system call to get rid of the undefined behavior
>>> of the open(2) flags.  Thus, the previous O_MAYEXEC flag is now replaced
>>> with the new RESOLVE_MAYEXEC flag and benefits from the openat2(2)
>>> strict check of this kind of flags.
>> My only strong upfront objection is with this being a RESOLVE_ flag.
>> RESOLVE_ flags have a specific meaning (they generally apply to all
>> components, and affect the rules of path resolution). RESOLVE_MAYEXEC
>> does neither of these things and so seems out of place among the other
>> RESOLVE_ flags.
>> I would argue this should be an O_ flag, but not supported for the
> I agree.

OK, I'll switch back to O_MAYEXEC.

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