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SubjectRe: [RFC,PATCH 1/2] seccomp_filters: system call filtering using BPF
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On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM, Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-01-11 at 11:25 -0600, Will Drewry wrote:
>
>> Filter programs may _only_ cross the execve(2) barrier if last filter
>> program was attached by a task with CAP_SYS_ADMIN capabilities in its
>> user namespace.  Once a task-local filter program is attached from a
>> process without privileges, execve will fail.  This ensures that only
>> privileged parent task can affect its privileged children (e.g., setuid
>> binary).
>
> This means that a non privileged user can not run another program with
> limited features? How would a process exec another program and filter
> it? I would assume that the filter would need to be attached first and
> then the execv() would be performed. But after the filter is attached,
> the execv is prevented?

Yeah - it means tasks can filter themselves, but not each other.
However, you can inject a filter for any dynamically linked executable
using LD_PRELOAD.

> Maybe I don't understand this correctly.

You're right on. This was to ensure that one process didn't cause
crazy behavior in another. I think Alan has a better proposal than
mine below. (Goes back to catching up.)
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