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Re: bug in [ -f file ] test

From: Siteshwar Vashisht
Subject: Re: bug in [ -f file ] test
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 03:28:52 -0400 (EDT)

----- Original Message -----
> From: "László Házy" <address@hidden>
> To: "Greg Wooledge" <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden
> Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:18:55 AM
> Subject: Re: bug in [ -f file ] test
> I had disabled SELinux, and got the same results. So it is not SELinux.

How did you turn off SELinux ? Was it turned off before bash started ? I would 
suggest you to boot with selinux=0 kernel parameter and check if this issue 

I had investigated similar bug couple of months back where MLS policies were 
affecting behavior of file permission checks. You can read the bug report 
here[1]. faccessat() function in glibc does not correctly emulate AT_EACCESS 
and AT_SYMLINK_NOFOLLOW flags and there is a bug[2] filed against glibc to fix 
this behavior. While the issue I investigated was specific to root user, it's 
possible it might be affecting non-root users too.

> I am afraid Chet did not set the permissions to /home/user1 as per the
> command list I had given. As I said before, it does not affect cd, ls
> nor cat on my system since /home/user1 and file have the required
> permissions for the group.

[1] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1329691#c0
[2] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1333764

Siteshwar Vashisht

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