A set of commands to use the XFS filesystem, including mkfs.xfs.
XFS is a high performance journaling filesystem which originated
on the SGI IRIX platform. It is completely multi-threaded, can
support large files and large filesystems, extended attributes,
variable block sizes, is extent based, and makes extensive use of
Btrees (directories, extents, free space) to aid both performance
Refer to the documentation at for complete details. This implementation is on-disk compatible
with the IRIX version of XFS.
Gabriel Vlasiu reported that xfs_metadump, part of the xfsprogs suite of tools for the XFS filesystem, did not properly obfuscate data. xfs_metadump properly obfuscates active metadata, but the rest of the space within that fs block comes through in the clear. This could lead to exposure of stale disk data via the produced metadump image.
The expectation of xfs_metadump is to obfuscate all but the shortest names in the metadata, as noted in the manpage:
By default, xfs_metadump obfuscates most file (regular file, directory and symbolic link) names and extended attribute names to allow the dumps to be sent without revealing confidential information. Extended attribute values are zeroed and no data is copied. The only exceptions are file or attribute names that are 4 or less characters in length. Also file names that span extents (this can only occur with the mkfs.xfs(8) options where -n size > -b size) are not obfuscated. Names between 5 and 8 characters in length inclusively are partially obfuscated.
While the xfs_metadump tool can be run by unprivileged users, it requires appropriate permissions to access block devices (such as root) where the sensitive data might be dumped. An unprivileged user, without access to the block device, could not use this flaw to obtain sensitive data they would not otherwise have permission to access.