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From: "Russ Cox" <>
To: "Andrew Morton" <>
Cc: "Miklos Szeredi" <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fix quadratic behavior of shrink_dcache_parent()
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 19:23:31 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

> "The file system mounted on /tmp/z in the example contains 2^50
> directories".   heh.
> I do wonder how realistic this problem is in real life.

That's a fair concern, although I was trying this as part
of evaluating how much someone could hose a system
if we let them mount arbitrary FUSE servers.  And the
answer is: they could make it completely unusable,
requiring reboot.

I ran a later test that printed how deep it got into
the file tree and it was only a few hundred thousand
if I recall correctly.  A determined attacker might even
manage to do this in a normal file system.

But sure, it's not a common case.  ;-)


  reply	other threads:[~2007-02-10  0:23 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-09 22:01 [PATCH] fix quadratic behavior of shrink_dcache_parent() Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-10  0:00 ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-10  0:23   ` Russ Cox [this message]
2007-02-10  0:40     ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-10  8:46     ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-10 10:51       ` Andi Kleen
2007-02-10 12:57       ` Russ Cox
2007-02-11 12:13         ` Miklos Szeredi

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