Current approaches to ACL handling
Christopher R. Hertel
crh at ubiqx.mn.org
Mon Oct 1 13:15:22 MDT 2012
On 10/01/2012 02:04 PM, simo wrote:
> On Mon, 2012-10-01 at 13:57 -0500, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:
>> On 10/01/2012 01:52 PM, Jeremy Allison wrote:
>>> On Mon, Oct 01, 2012 at 02:42:51PM -0400, simo wrote:
>>>> On Mon, 2012-10-01 at 13:28 -0500, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:
>>>>> What are the current best practices for ACL handling?
>>>>> To my knowledge, it's using EAs to store the ACLs. Is there any in-depth
>>>>> documentation on this implementation? Are there any other mechanisms in use?
>>>> We store the Windows ACL in an EA and a matching posix ACL translation
>>>> on the file, plus a sha hash of the ACL so we can be sure they are in
>>>> I am not aware of any other doc beyond the code.
>>> Well there are some SambaXP talks on it I did a while ago :-).
>> I'll look at the code and your talks. Those are the kinds of pointers I needed.
>> Is there any reason to even consider the possibility of thinking about
>> pondering the idea of toying with the concept of somehow using TDB (CTDB) to
>> manage ACLs, or is that not a particularly rational approach?
> We had one TDB based, not really a good idea, EAs tend to move with
> files, TDB databases do not. Plus you really do not want to do
> enforcement of ACLs in user space. Ideally we should try to get RichACLs
> in the Linux kernel so we do not need to keep pairs in EAs.
...but until we have RichACLs I have to come up with something. If the EA
approach is the current best practice, then I'll pursue that.
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