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Re: [PATCH 2/2] VFS: Reorder vfs_getxattr to avoid unnecessary calls to the LSM

From: James Morris <jmorris_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Nov 01 2007 - 20:58:58 GMT
To: "David P. Quigley" <>

On Thu, 1 Nov 2007, David P. Quigley wrote:

> Originally vfs_getxattr would pull the security xattr variable using
> the inode getxattr handle and then proceed to clobber it with a subsequent call
> to the LSM. This patch reorders the two operations such that when the xattr
> requested is in the security namespace it first attempts to grab the value from
> the LSM directly. If it fails to obtain the value because there is no module
> present or the module does not support the operation it will fall back to using
> the inode getxattr operation. In the event that both are inaccessible it
> returns EOPNOTSUPP.
> Signed-off-by: David P. Quigley <>

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