Re: Security question: "Text file busy" overwriting executables but not shared libraries?

From: Linus Torvalds (
Date: Sat Oct 13 2001 - 17:27:30 EST

In article <>,
Linus Torvalds <> wrote:
>The explicit flag is probably a good idea also because of usage patterns
>(PAGE_COPY is a slowdown _if_ the file is actually written to or even
>mapped shared).

Actually, I missed the obvious case: quite often when you do a "read()",
the reader itself will end up writing to the area read into. In which
case doing the PAGE_COPY would also slow down measurably, due to the
extra overhead of the copy-on-write fault (which not just does the copy
that we tried to avoid, but will take a fault and more VM locks).

So if we want to do this optimization, we _definitely_ want it to be
explicitly controlled by a flag, like O_DIRECT is. There are just too
many cases where it's a pessimization, and while the user can often tell
before-hand, the kernel simply cannot.

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