Bug 224601 - autofs: Make automount(8) call chdir("/") before create_directory()
Summary: autofs: Make automount(8) call chdir("/") before create_directory()
Status: New
Alias: None
Product: Base System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: bin (show other bugs)
Version: CURRENT
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Many People
Assignee: freebsd-fs (Nobody)
Keywords: patch
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-12-26 18:06 UTC by kusumi.tomohiro
Modified: 2020-06-15 22:52 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Fixes the issue. (1.91 KB, application/mbox)
2017-12-26 18:06 UTC, kusumi.tomohiro
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Description kusumi.tomohiro 2017-12-26 18:06:14 UTC
Created attachment 189116 [details]
Fixes the issue.

Unlike automountd where the daemon is daemonized or lesser-daemonized,
an automount process isn't necessarily at /, and this results in
creating unneeded directories at the current directory.

In the example below, mounting autofs on /mnt/media fails because the
command mkdirs mnt/media instead of /mnt/media. If /mnt/media already
exists the command can mount autofs on /mnt/media, but it still mkdirs
unneeded directories mnt/media.

Calling chdir("/") before creation and restoring the directory after
creation avoids this.

[root@]~# automount -L
/mnt/media                -nosuid               -media               # indirect map referenced at /etc/auto_master:8
[root@]~# ls mnt
ls: mnt: No such file or directory
[root@]~# automount
automount: cannot mount map -media on /mnt/media: No such file or directory
[root@]~# mount | grep autofs
[root@]~# ls mnt
[root@]~# tree mnt
`-- media
Comment 1 Pedro F. Giffuni freebsd_committer 2018-01-16 04:12:13 UTC
Assign it to -fs list.
Comment 2 Colin Percival freebsd_committer 2020-06-15 19:14:49 UTC
I just tripped over this too.  As an alternative to adding chdir("/") we could make create_directory take an "int absolute" parameter and anchor the paths being created in that case.

trasz, any preference of how you'd like this to be fixed?
Comment 3 Edward Tomasz Napierala freebsd_committer 2020-06-15 19:45:46 UTC
The create_directory() should always be passed an absolute path.  There's even the assert, in usr.sbin/autofs/common.c:create_directory():

assert(path[0] == '/');

Thus, my preferred fix would be to figure out how the path ends up being relative, and fixing that.
Comment 4 Colin Percival freebsd_committer 2020-06-15 19:55:31 UTC
That's easy then:

139	        /*
140	         * +1 to skip the leading slash.
141	         */
142	        copy = tofree = checked_strdup(path + 1);

We're not copying the leading slash for some reason.  Maybe because you didn't want to try to mkdir("/")?
Comment 5 Edward Tomasz Napierala freebsd_committer 2020-06-15 20:07:15 UTC
I think you're right regarding the leading slash.  I have no idea why it's like this, I'm afraid - it ignores EEXIST couple of lines below...
Comment 6 kusumi.tomohiro 2020-06-15 22:52:08 UTC
Can you commit the fix ?

I ported and maintain autofs in NetBSD and DragonFlyBSD, with the chdir("/") patch.
I'll replace it with above.