[lkml]   [2007]   [Jun]   [9]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
SubjectRe: AppArmor FAQ
On Sun, 10 Jun 2007, Pavel Machek wrote:

>>>>>> I'm not sure if AppArmor can be made good security for the general case,
>>>>>> but it is a model that works in the limited http environment
>>>>>> (eg .htaccess) and is something people can play with and hack on and may
>>>>>> be possible to configure to be very secure.
>>>>> Perhaps -- until your httpd is compromised via a buffer overflow or
>>>>> simply misbehaves due to a software or configuration flaw, then the
>>>>> assumptions being made about its use of pathnames and their security
>>>>> properties are out the window.
>>>> How is it that you think a buffer overflow in httpd could allow an
>>>> attacker to break out of an AppArmor profile? This is exactly what
>>>> AppArmor was designed to do, and without specifics, this is just
>>>> FUD.
>>> No, it is not, I already broke AppArmor once, and it took me less then
>>> one hour.
>>> Give me machine with root shell, and make app armor permit everything
>>> but reading /etc/secret.file. AppArmor is not designed for this, but
>>> if you want to claim your solution works, this looks like a nice test.
>>> Actually, give password to everyone, and see who breaks it first.
>> you admit that AA isn't designed for this and then you set this as the
>> test, doesn't that seem unreasonable to you?
> httpd's run at root priviledge, AFAICT, and Crispin just accused
> someone of spreading fud. Exploited httpd is root shell.

only poorly designed webservers run as root. in general they have not been
running as root for many years.

however, if you are willing to take a limited shell (root or any other
user) that's a different story, what would you want the shell to have
permission to do? would read files in directory A and write files in
directory B be good enough? or would you want it to be able to execute
specific commands?

note that at the moment I am not comitting anyone to provide a box for
such a challange, but I'm interested in what you would consider a suitable

David Lang
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2007-06-10 02:11    [W:0.087 / U:3.756 seconds]
©2003-2018 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site