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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/4] KEYS: Check starting keyring as part of search
    On Fri, 08 Feb 2008 16:04:29 +0000
    David Howells <> wrote:

    > Check the starting keyring as part of the search to (a) see if that is what
    > we're searching for, and (b) to check it is still valid for searching.
    > The scenario: User in process A does things that cause things to be
    > created in its process session keyring. The user then does an su to
    > another user and starts a new process, B. The two processes now
    > share the same process session keyring.
    > Process B does an NFS access which results in an upcall to gssd.
    > When gssd attempts to instantiate the context key (to be linked
    > into the process session keyring), it is denied access even though it
    > has an authorization key.
    > The order of calls is:
    > keyctl_instantiate_key()
    > lookup_user_key() (the default: case)
    > search_process_keyrings(current)
    > search_process_keyrings(rka->context) (recursive call)
    > keyring_search_aux()
    > keyring_search_aux() verifies the keys and keyrings underneath the
    > top-level keyring it is given, but that top-level keyring is neither
    > fully validated nor checked to see if it is the thing being searched for.
    > This patch changes keyring_search_aux() to:
    > 1) do more validation on the top keyring it is given and
    > 2) check whether that top-level keyring is the thing being searched for
    > ...
    > + (keyring->expiry && now.tv_sec >= keyring->expiry))


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