Is it possible to set the permissions of an NFS share to allow creation and moving of files, but not the editing or deletion of them.

Moving is also only allowed if it stays on the same share.

Achieving this with wrapper applications would be fine, as long as I can execute them with my client, that uses nautilus.

Allowed operations:

  • mv /mnt/share/file /mnt/share/file2
  • mv /mnt/share/file /mnt/share/folder/file
  • touch /mnt/share/file3

Disallowed operations:

  • mv /mnt/share/file ~
  • rm /mnt/share/file
  • echo test > /mnt/share/file
  • echo test >> /mnt/share/file


The server is my NAS running stock Archlinux (pretty current, updates every few days).

Hosts are mostly my own computers, but I don't trust every program I run. And to prevent crypto malware, I want to disable the deletion of files, so such a malware can only create the encrypted files, but can't delete the original ones.

  • What do you mean by "moving of files"? Renaming? If you can rename a file or move a file, you can effectively edit or delete it. (In fact, in UNIX, moving is often implemented as a kind of remove. ) On a local filesystem in Linux, a file may be marked "immutable", but that means it cannot either be moved or renamed. In theory, Nautilus plugins can achieve the desired effect, assuming users cannot access NFS in any other way. – Otheus Apr 6 '16 at 16:03
  • @Otheus first, they can (via console), and by moving i mean renaming or changing the path, as long as it stays on the disk. i'll add an example – Armin Apr 6 '16 at 16:04
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    Just maintain a list of md5 sums on the share, and if some file goes missing, move it back from a backup. That is not NFS solution, you'll need to write a daemon to monitor it, and it -might- have impact on performance. – Mikhail Krutov Apr 6 '16 at 17:22
  • @MikhailKrutov this is not acceptable, because i don't see if a file was simply moved on the share. the only way to notice this is to create the hashes for every file anew. – Armin Apr 6 '16 at 17:32
  • @Armin Yep, that's what I've meant - every time something changes, md5 it. Also, unix.stackexchange.com/questions/92013/… – Mikhail Krutov Apr 6 '16 at 17:34

NFS permissions are only read and write...if you permit writing, then editing and deleting files is possible besides creating and moving files.

  • is there any possibility to set wrappers for low level methods? meaning i could add the wrapper, that checks whether it moves the file from the share to the same share and allows it, but disallows it if not? – Armin Apr 6 '16 at 16:15
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    NFSv4 allows much more, but you need a real NFSv4 implementation to use the ACLs. Even theNFSv4 ACLs do not mention rename, they just allow you to forbid to remove files in a directory or to ad files in a directory. – schily Apr 6 '16 at 16:36

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