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sr #110207: Avoid unnecessary chown() on history file

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Wed 11 Mar 2020 06:28:49 PM UTC
Category:  None Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  3 - Normal Status:  Done
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Originator Email:  -email is unavailable- Open/Closed:  Open
Operating System:  GNU/Linux
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Wed 11 Mar 2020 06:28:49 PM UTC, original submission:  

We're running bash on a system monitored through AIDE and whenever a new shell is run for root it will trigger AIDE due to a change in ctime for '.bash_history'. It seems that history_truncate_file() will trigger multiple chown() calls even though the history was neither written nor needs truncating. Unfortunately this modifies the inode's ctime even when the new user and group ids are the same.

The attached patch tries to fix this by checking whether the history file actually needs updates to the ownership before calling chown().



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file #48579:  bash_check_before_chown.patch added by None (2KiB - text/x-patch - Patch to check whether history ownership needs updating)


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2020-03-17 chet StatusNone Done
    2020-03-11 None Attached File- Added bash_check_before_chown.patch, #48579

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