Commit c61ca557 authored by Miklos Szeredi's avatar Miklos Szeredi

ovl: ignore failure to copy up unknown xattrs

This issue came up with NFSv4 as the lower layer, which generates
"system.nfs4_acl" xattrs (even for plain old unix permissions).  Prior to
this patch this prevented copy-up from succeeding.

The overlayfs permission model mandates that permissions are checked
locally for the task and remotely for the mounter(*).  NFS4 ACLs are not
supported by the Linux kernel currently, hence they cannot be enforced
locally.  Which means it is indifferent whether this attribute is copied or

Generalize this to any xattr that is not used in access checking (i.e. it's
not a POSIX ACL and not in the "security." namespace).

Incidentally, best effort copying of xattrs seems to also be the behavior
of "cp -a", which is what overlayfs tries to mimic.

(*) Documentation/filesystems/overlayfs.txt#Permission model
Signed-off-by: default avatarMiklos Szeredi <>
parent 4c494bd5
......@@ -36,6 +36,13 @@ static int ovl_ccup_get(char *buf, const struct kernel_param *param)
module_param_call(check_copy_up, ovl_ccup_set, ovl_ccup_get, NULL, 0644);
MODULE_PARM_DESC(check_copy_up, "Obsolete; does nothing");
static bool ovl_must_copy_xattr(const char *name)
return !strcmp(name, XATTR_POSIX_ACL_ACCESS) ||
!strcmp(name, XATTR_POSIX_ACL_DEFAULT) ||
int ovl_copy_xattr(struct dentry *old, struct dentry *new)
ssize_t list_size, size, value_size = 0;
......@@ -107,8 +114,13 @@ int ovl_copy_xattr(struct dentry *old, struct dentry *new)
continue; /* Discard */
error = vfs_setxattr(new, name, value, size, 0);
if (error)
if (error) {
if (error != -EOPNOTSUPP || ovl_must_copy_xattr(name))
/* Ignore failure to copy unknown xattrs */
error = 0;
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