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Re: major security bug in reiserfs (may affect SuSE Linux)
From: Mark Glines <paranoid () deathsdoor com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 19:22:57 -0800

On Wed, Jan 10, 2001 at 06:50:33PM +0100, Andreas Ferber wrote:

Could not reproduce it on Linux 2.4.0 with ReiserFS 3.6.24.

But I found some other strange things (everything tested on the
abovementioned versions):

If you start increasing the directory name length, everything works
fine up to 3377 characters, as is with a length greater than 4032
(mkdir says "File name to long" then).

But if you choose a length between (including) 3378 and 4032, weird
things happen: "ls" and "echo *" no longer show the directory (the
directory is certainly there as you can "cd" into it and "pwd"
correctly shows it) If the length is smaller than 3922, you can still
show the directory with "find -maxdepth 1" (longer names even
disappear from find).

Also sometimes other entries in the directory you were creating the
overlong name in start disappearing from ls. The only system I could
find till now is for filename length <3922 that all files showing up
in the find output after the long name are not shown by ls (the
position changes if you change the name length, but for one particular
length it is constant if you remove and recreate the directory several

Hi!  I'm running Linux 2.4.0 with reiserfs 3.6.24 as well, and I was
not able to find any problems with long directory names whatsoever,
neither the original advisory (regarding kernel Oopsen) nor yours
(regarding hidden directories over a certain length).  The only thing I
was able to verify was that the kernel does yield a "File name too long"
error.  Other than that, everything worked perfectly, including bash's
* and <tab> completion, ls, find and anything else I tried.

My guess is perhaps this is a glibc problem?  You were using glibc 2.1.3,
I am running glibc 2.2, and cannot reproduce this at all.

Your thoughts?
Wielder of Sporks

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