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From: Linus Torvalds <>
To: Casey Schaufler <>
Cc: "Ahmed S. Darwish" <>,
	LKML <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH BUGFIX -rc3] Smack: Don't register smackfs if we're not loaded
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 10:12:58 -0800 (PST)
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In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, 4 Mar 2008, Casey Schaufler wrote:
> One solution would be to tighten the smackfs code so that it
> handles the uninitialized LSM case properly.

I really would tend to prefer that.

We had a very similar situation in the ACPI/WMI code, where some WMI 
helper routines would crash just because the WMI data structures hadn't 
been initialized.

The proper fix in that case (in my opinion, and the one that thus got 
committed ;^) was simply to make sure that the data structures were simply 
always consistent (and empty), even if the code itself was disabled. That 
just automatically meant that it didn't need any global flags to be 

So _if_ the alternative is as simple as just making sure that smackfs 
keeps its data structures consistent even when disabled, I think that's 
the right patch, rather than adding a separate hack to not touch them.


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Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-03-04 17:45 Casey Schaufler
2008-03-04 18:12 ` Linus Torvalds [this message]
2008-03-05  0:58   ` James Morris
2008-03-05 12:12     ` Ahmed S. Darwish
2008-03-05 12:44 ` Ahmed S. Darwish
2008-03-05 12:51   ` Ahmed S. Darwish
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2008-03-04 16:42 Casey Schaufler
2008-03-04 13:10 Ahmed S. Darwish
2008-03-04 17:21 ` Linus Torvalds
2008-03-04 18:24   ` Ahmed S. Darwish

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