[PATCH v5 0/6] Add support for O_MAYEXEC

David Laight David.Laight at ACULAB.COM
Thu May 7 09:00:16 UTC 2020

From: Mickaël Salaün
> Sent: 07 May 2020 09:37
> > None of that description actually says what the patch actually does.
> "Add support for O_MAYEXEC" "to enable to control script execution".
> What is not clear here? This seems well understood by other commenters.
> The documentation patch and the talks can also help.

I'm guessing that passing O_MAYEXEC to open() requests the kernel
check for execute 'x' permissions (as well as read).

Then kernel policy determines whether 'read' access is actually enough,
or whether 'x' access (possibly masked by mount permissions) is needed.

If that is true, two lines say what is does.

Have you ever set a shell script permissions to --x--s--x ?
Ends up being executable by everyone except the owner!
Having the kernel pass all '#!' files to their interpreters
through an open fd might help security.
In that case the user doesn't need read access to the file
in order to get an interpreter to process it.
(You'd need to stop strace showing the contents to actually
hide them.)


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