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    binder: implement binderfs · 3ad20fe3
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    As discussed at Linux Plumbers Conference 2018 in Vancouver [1] this is the
    implementation of binderfs.
    /* Abstract */
    binderfs is a backwards-compatible filesystem for Android's binder ipc
    mechanism. Each ipc namespace will mount a new binderfs instance. Mounting
    binderfs multiple times at different locations in the same ipc namespace
    will not cause a new super block to be allocated and hence it will be the
    same filesystem instance.
    Each new binderfs mount will have its own set of binder devices only
    visible in the ipc namespace it has been mounted in. All devices in a new
    binderfs mount will follow the scheme binder%d and numbering will always
    start at 0.
    /* Backwards compatibility */
    Devices requested in the Kconfig via CONFIG_ANDROID_BINDER_DEVICES for the
    initial ipc namespace will work as before. They will be registered via
    misc_register() and appear in the devtmpfs mount. Specifically, the
    standard devices binder, hwbinder, and vndbinder will all appear in their
    standard locations in /dev. Mounting or unmounting the binderfs mount in
    the initial ipc namespace will have no effect on these devices, i.e. they
    will neither show up in the binderfs mount nor will they disappear when the
    binderfs mount is gone.
    /* binder-control */
    Each new binderfs instance comes with a binder-control device. No other
    devices will be present at first. The binder-control device can be used to
    dynamically allocate binder devices. All requests operate on the binderfs
    mount the binder-control device resides in.
    Assuming a new instance of binderfs has been mounted at /dev/binderfs
    via mount -t binderfs binderfs /dev/binderfs. Then a request to create a
    new binder device can be made as illustrated in [2].
    Binderfs devices can simply be removed via unlink().
    /* Implementation details */
    - dynamic major number allocation:
      When binderfs is registered as a new filesystem it will dynamically
      allocate a new major number. The allocated major number will be returned
      in struct binderfs_device when a new binder device is allocated.
    - global minor number tracking:
      Minor are tracked in a global idr struct that is capped at
      BINDERFS_MAX_MINOR. The minor number tracker is protected by a global
      mutex. This is the only point of contention between binderfs mounts.
    - struct binderfs_info:
      Each binderfs super block has its own struct binderfs_info that tracks
      specific details about a binderfs instance:
      - ipc namespace
      - dentry of the binder-control device
      - root uid and root gid of the user namespace the binderfs instance
        was mounted in
    - mountable by user namespace root:
      binderfs can be mounted by user namespace root in a non-initial user
      namespace. The devices will be owned by user namespace root.
    - binderfs binder devices without misc infrastructure:
      New binder devices associated with a binderfs mount do not use the
      full misc_register() infrastructure.
      The misc_register() infrastructure can only create new devices in the
      host's devtmpfs mount. binderfs does however only make devices appear
      under its own mountpoint and thus allocates new character device nodes
      from the inode of the root dentry of the super block. This will have
      the side-effect that binderfs specific device nodes do not appear in
      sysfs. This behavior is similar to devpts allocated pts devices and
      has no effect on the functionality of the ipc mechanism itself.
    [1]: https://goo.gl/JL2tfX
    [2]: program to allocate a new binderfs binder device:
         #define _GNU_SOURCE
         #include <errno.h>
         #include <fcntl.h>
         #include <stdio.h>
         #include <stdlib.h>
         #include <string.h>
         #include <sys/ioctl.h>
         #include <sys/stat.h>
         #include <sys/types.h>
         #include <unistd.h>
         #include <linux/android/binder_ctl.h>
         int main(int argc, char *argv[])
                 int fd, ret, saved_errno;
                 size_t len;
                 struct binderfs_device device = { 0 };
                 if (argc < 2)
                 len = strlen(argv[1]);
                 if (len > BINDERFS_MAX_NAME)
                 memcpy(device.name, argv[1], len);
                 fd = open("/dev/binderfs/binder-control", O_RDONLY | O_CLOEXEC);
                 if (fd < 0) {
                         printf("%s - Failed to open binder-control device\n",
                 ret = ioctl(fd, BINDER_CTL_ADD, &device);
                 saved_errno = errno;
                 errno = saved_errno;
                 if (ret < 0) {
                         printf("%s - Failed to allocate new binder device\n",
                 printf("Allocated new binder device with major %d, minor %d, and "
                        "name %s\n", device.major, device.minor,
    Cc: Martijn Coenen <maco@android.com>
    Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarChristian Brauner <christian.brauner@ubuntu.com>
    Acked-by: default avatarTodd Kjos <tkjos@google.com>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarGreg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
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