Commit f938612d authored by Yann Droneaud's avatar Yann Droneaud Committed by Linus Torvalds
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include/linux/file.h: remove get_unused_fd() macro

Macro get_unused_fd() is used to allocate a file descriptor with default
flags.  Those default flags (0) don't enable close-on-exec.

This can be seen as an unsafe default: in most case close-on-exec should
be enabled to not leak file descriptor across exec().

It would be better to have a "safer" default set of flags, eg.  O_CLOEXEC
must be used to enable close-on-exec.

Instead this patch removes get_unused_fd() so that out of tree modules
won't be affect by a runtime behavor change which might introduce other
kind of bugs: it's better to catch the change at build time, making it
easier to fix.

Removing the macro will also promote use of get_unused_fd_flags() (or
anon_inode_getfd()) with flags provided by userspace.  Or, if flags cannot
be given by userspace, with flags set to O_CLOEXEC by default.
Signed-off-by: default avatarYann Droneaud <>
Cc: Al Viro <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 8d10a035
......@@ -66,7 +66,6 @@ extern void set_close_on_exec(unsigned int fd, int flag);
extern bool get_close_on_exec(unsigned int fd);
extern void put_filp(struct file *);
extern int get_unused_fd_flags(unsigned flags);
#define get_unused_fd() get_unused_fd_flags(0)
extern void put_unused_fd(unsigned int fd);
extern void fd_install(unsigned int fd, struct file *file);
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