Commit 42d97eb0 authored by Eric Biggers's avatar Eric Biggers Committed by Theodore Ts'o

fscrypt: fix renaming and linking special files

Attempting to link a device node, named pipe, or socket file into an
encrypted directory through rename(2) or link(2) always failed with
EPERM.  This happened because fscrypt_has_permitted_context() saw that
the file was unencrypted and forbid creating the link.  This behavior
was unexpected because such files are never encrypted; only regular
files, directories, and symlinks can be encrypted.

To fix this, make fscrypt_has_permitted_context() always return true on
special files.

This will be covered by a test in my encryption xfstests patchset.

Fixes: 9bd8212f ("ext4 crypto: add encryption policy and password salt support")
Signed-off-by: default avatarEric Biggers <>
Reviewed-by: Richard Weinberger's avatarRichard Weinberger <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarTheodore Ts'o <>
parent fe4f6c80
......@@ -179,6 +179,11 @@ int fscrypt_has_permitted_context(struct inode *parent, struct inode *child)
/* No restrictions on file types which are never encrypted */
if (!S_ISREG(child->i_mode) && !S_ISDIR(child->i_mode) &&
return 1;
/* no restrictions if the parent directory is not encrypted */
if (!parent->i_sb->s_cop->is_encrypted(parent))
return 1;
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