[RFC PATCH 1/3] fs: define new read_iter rwf flag
zohar at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu Sep 28 14:33:23 UTC 2017
On Thu, 2017-09-28 at 06:54 -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 08:39:31AM -0400, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> > Writing extended attributes requires exclusively taking the i_rwsem
> > lock. To synchronize the file hash calculation and writing the file
> > hash as security.ima xattr, IMA-appraisal takes the i_rwsem lock
> > exclusively before calculating the file hash. (Once the file hash
> > is calculated, the result is cached. Taking the lock exclusively
> > prevents calculating the file hash multiple times.)
> > Some filesystems have recently replaced their filesystem dependent
> > lock with the global i_rwsem to read a file. As a result, when IMA
> > attempts to calculate the file hash, reading the file attempts to
> > take the i_rwsem again.
> > To resolve this problem, this patch defines a new read_iter flag
> > named "rwf" to indicate that the i_rwsem has already been taken
> > exclusively. Subsequent patches will set or test the "rwf" flag.
> I don't like adding a bool parameter everywhere.
> Why not add a flag
> to the kiocb ki_flags?
> #define IOCB_RWSEM_HELD (1 << 8)
Thank you for the suggestion.
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