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SubjectRe: Secure-linux and standard kernel
On Thu, June 25 1998, Chris Evans <> wrote:
|On Thu, 25 Jun 1998, MOLNAR Ingo wrote:
|> if 'ping' is setuid root and the first thing say ping.c does is:
|> drop_cap(ALL_BUT_RAWSOCKET);
|Yes this is good isn't it. Note that traceroute's a better example; ping
|for linux already does:
|fd = socket(SOCK_RAW ...)
|rlogin, rsh, dump, restore, even lpr, lprm, lpq, etc. all benefit a
|similar way with

I really don't like this idea. It's certainly easier to implement than the
"nice" way, and maybe its good in the mean time, but it would require:

1. maintenance of separate source code for linux binaries (or asking the
"upstream maintainers" to insert this code)

2. reliance on the binary for behaving well - what if someone breaks in and
changes the binary not to call this?

3. the admin can't control things in an administrative way

I think a more "generic" solution would be to attach access control to
sockets, e.g. have /dev/tcp/1-65535, /dev/raw/, /dev/udp, /dev/icmp
(?) as special device files (only creat inodes for sockets with
special access control) and set the owner/group/premissions like any
other file. If such a file exists then use its permissions, if not
then resort back to the standard method (root-only for raw and TCP/UDP
sockets less than 1024, open for everyone else (?) on other sockets)

You can even link the same i-node with all ports with identical access
permissions to save inode consumption.

What do you think?



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