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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH] file-posix: refuse to open directories

From: John Snow
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] file-posix: refuse to open directories
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:44:11 -0500

I don't think there's a legitimate reason to open directories as if
they were files. This prevents QEMU from opening and attempting to probe
a directory inode, which can break in exciting ways. One of those ways
is lseek on ext4/xfs, which will return 0x7fffffffffffffff as the file
size instead of EISDIR. This can coax QEMU into responding with a
confusing "file too big" instead of "Hey, that's not a file".

See: https://bugs.launchpad.net/qemu/+bug/1739304/
Signed-off-by: John Snow <address@hidden>
 block/file-posix.c | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/block/file-posix.c b/block/file-posix.c
index 36ee89e940..bd29bdada6 100644
--- a/block/file-posix.c
+++ b/block/file-posix.c
@@ -589,6 +589,11 @@ static int raw_open_common(BlockDriverState *bs, QDict 
         s->needs_alignment = true;
+    if (S_ISDIR(st.st_mode)) {
+        ret = -EISDIR;
+        error_setg_errno(errp, errno, "Cannot open directory as file");
+        goto fail;
+    }
 #ifdef CONFIG_XFS
     if (platform_test_xfs_fd(s->fd)) {

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