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Subject[PATCH] vfs: remove unneeded permission check from path_init
When path_init is called with a valid dfd, that code checks permissions
on the open directory fd and returns an error if the check fails. This
permission check is redundant, however.

Both callers of path_init immediately call link_path_walk afterward. The
first thing that link_path_walk does is to check for exec permissions
at the starting point of the path walk.

In most cases, these checks are very quick, but when the dfd is for a
file on a NFS mount with the actimeo=0, each permission check goes
out onto the wire. The result is 2 identical ACCESS calls.

Given that these codepaths are fairly "hot", I think it makes sense to
eliminate the permission check in path_init and simply assume that the
caller will eventually check the permissions before proceeding.

Reported-by: Dave Wysochanski <>
Signed-off-by: Jeff Layton <>
fs/namei.c | 7 +------
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/namei.c b/fs/namei.c
index 40d864a..deefbc3 100644
--- a/fs/namei.c
+++ b/fs/namei.c
@@ -1894,6 +1894,7 @@ static int path_init(int dfd, const char *name, unsigned int flags,
get_fs_pwd(current->fs, &nd->path);
} else {
+ /* Caller must check execute permissions on the starting path component */
struct fd f = fdget_raw(dfd);
struct dentry *dentry;

@@ -1907,12 +1908,6 @@ static int path_init(int dfd, const char *name, unsigned int flags,
return -ENOTDIR;
- retval = inode_permission(dentry->d_inode, MAY_EXEC);
- if (retval) {
- fdput(f);
- return retval;
- }

nd->path = f.file->f_path;

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