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Re: Changes to the filesystem while find is running - comments? Nov 22 2004 08:39PM
psz maths usyd edu au (Paul Szabo) (1 replies)
Re: Changes to the filesystem while find is running - comments? Nov 23 2004 12:00AM
James Youngman (bugtraq excession spiral-arm org)
On Tue, Nov 23, 2004 at 07:39:56AM +1100, Paul Szabo wrote:

> What I would like to see implemented (in some messy pseudo-code, starting
> in parent directory):
>
> PARENT=stat(".");
> SUBDIR=stat("subdir");
> chdir("subdir");
> DOT=stat(".");
> if (SUBDIR != DOT) {
> Print warning message /*[1]*/
> }
> else {
> Go on with find (recurse)
> }
> chdir("..");
> DOT=stat(".");
> if (PARENT != DOT) {
> Print message
> Exit with fatal error
> }
>
> Do not descend into "dodgy" directories, but back out of them; exit fatally
> if you cannot get back to solid ground.
>
> Is this doable?

Certainly. In fact it's how GNU findutils is implemented, except for
the fact that the "warning message" is a fatal error in GNU findutils
releases up to and including 4.2.5. In later versions (we're
currently at 4.2.7 on ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/findutils) a hack was
introduced to try to support a special case which works when we've
traversed an automount mount point on Solaris).

This algorithm is certainly robust, but it will never descend into an
automount directory hierarchy. Do you think we can do better than
that without opening the door to more exploits?

Regards,
James.

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