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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Security: Add prctl(PR_{GET,SET}_NETWORK) interface.
Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 10:32:43AM -0500, Michael Stone wrote:
>> Daniel Bernstein has observed [1] that security-conscious userland processes
>> may benefit from the ability to irrevocably remove their ability to create,
>> bind, connect to, or send messages except in the case of previously
>> connected sockets or AF_UNIX filesystem sockets. We provide this facility by
>> implementing support for a new prctl(PR_SET_NETWORK) flag named
>> PR_NETWORK_OFF.
>>
>> This facility is particularly attractive to security platforms like OLPC
>> Bitfrost [2] and to isolation programs like Rainbow [3] and Plash [4].
>
> What would stop them from ptracing someone else running under the same
> uid who still has the network access?

Just like in the (revised from last year) rlimits version, there's a hunk in
the prctl_network semantics patch which disables networking-via-ptrace() like
so:

diff --git a/kernel/ptrace.c b/kernel/ptrace.c
index 23bd09c..5b38db0 100644
--- a/kernel/ptrace.c
+++ b/kernel/ptrace.c
@@ -151,6 +151,8 @@ int __ptrace_may_access(struct task_struct *task, unsigned int mode)
dumpable = get_dumpable(task->mm);
if (!dumpable && !capable(CAP_SYS_PTRACE))
return -EPERM;
+ if (current->network)
+ return -EPERM;

return security_ptrace_access_check(task, mode);
}
More questions?

Regards, and thanks for your interest,

Michael


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