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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH v2] Unprivileged: Disable raising of privileges
Quoting Eric W. Biederman (
> "Serge E. Hallyn" <> writes:
> > Quoting Andrew G. Morgan (
> >> Eric,
> >>
> >> I'm not clear why capabilities need to be manipulated by this feature
> >> (the pure capability support already has a feature for disabling
> >> privilege and blocking unsafe, or insufficient privilege, execution).
> >
> > Not entirely - this option would also prevent file capabilities from
> > being honored.
> All my patch does is verify the caller doesn't have privilege.

No, you shortcut security/commoncap.c:get_file_caps() if (bprm->nosuid),
which is set if test_tsk_thread_flag(current, TIF_NOSUID) at exec.

So if we're in this new no-suid mode, then file capabilities are not

Which is the right thing to do.

> >> Perhaps I'm just unclear what features can be more safely enabled with
> >> this in effect - that is, your description suggests that this is why
> >> you are doing this, but leaves it unclear what they are. Could you
> >> take a few moments to enumerate some of them?
> >
> > There are two desirable features which are at the moment unsafe for
> > unprivileged users, because it allows them to fool privileged (setuid
> > or bearing file capabilities) programs. One is to unconditionally
> > restrict privilege to yourself and all your descendents. The recent
> > disablenetwork patchset is one example. The other is the ability to
> > make substantial changes to your environment in a private namespace.
> > A private namespace can protect already-running privileged program,
> > but cannot protect privilege-bearing binaries. Unless we prevent
> > them from bearing privilege. Which is what this patch does.
> Effectively by ensuring privileges can not be raised this removes
> the set of circumstances that lead to the sendmail capabilities bug.
> So any kernel feature that requires capabilities only because not
> doing so would break backwards compatibility with suid applications.
> This includes namespace manipulation, like plan 9.
> This includes unsharing pid and network and sysvipc namespaces.
> There are probably other useful but currently root only features
> that this will allow to be used by unprivileged processes, that
> I am not aware of.
> In addition to the fact that knowing privileges can not be escalated
> by a process is a good feature all by itself. Run this in a chroot
> and the programs will never be able to gain root access even if
> there are suid binaries available for them to execute.
> Eric

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