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SubjectRe: [Umbrella-devel] Re: Getting full path from dentry in LSM hooks
On Fri, 2004-09-03 at 22:39, wrote:
> All this does is stop fork(). I'm not sure, but most shellcodes I've seen
> don't bother forking, they just execve() a shell....

I think you totally misunderstood the thing...

Umbrella is a scheme that allow the user to restrict the capabilities of
a process within his own processes. Preventing the process to fork is
ONE thing that can be restricted but they might be plenty of others.

The idea is that each process originating from this process will inherit
from this restriction (and possibly have some more) and can NEVER been
granted to restore this capability again.

Now, this has a direct application to restrict the harm that can cause a
buffer-overflow, but nobody said that it would stop them... As Kristian
say all the time: « We can't prevent the rain, but we don't get wet. »

> Remember - just papering over the fact that most shellcodes just execve() a
> shell doesn't fix the fundemental problem, which is that the attacker is able
> to run code of his choosing as root.


Wonderful ! You just volunteered to find a simple and yet efficient
solution to this problem ! :)

Emmanuel Fleury

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Aalborg University, | Phone: +45 96 35 72 23
Fredriks Bajersvej 7E, | Fax: +45 98 15 98 89
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