glibc's current implementation of fchmodat() is non-compliant when AT_SYMLINK_NOFOLLOW is used. qemu just recently rediscovered what musl libc has already known for three years: on kernels new enough to support O_PATH, you can get a race-free implementation that supports AT_SYMLINK_NOFOLLOW even without kernel support of the proposed fchmodat2() syscall, by using fstat() to double-check whether the open(O_PATH) name is a symlink, before using chmod(/proc/self/fd/nnn) to change the mode without a race.
Are we interested in improving gnulib's fchmodat() module to implement this workaround? musl libc also claims that with Linux' O_PATH, it is possible to implement POSIX-compliant O_SEARCH/O_EXEC fds. -- Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer Red Hat, Inc. +1-919-301-3266 Virtualization: qemu.org | libvirt.org
Description: OpenPGP digital signature