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SubjectRe: Compat 32-bit syscall entry from 64-bit task!? [was: Re: [RFC,PATCH 1/2] seccomp_filters: system call filtering using BPF]
On Thu, January 19, 2012 02:19, Andrew Lutomirski wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Indan Zupancic <> wrote:
>> On Wed, January 18, 2012 02:01, Andrew Lutomirski wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM, Indan Zupancic <> wrote:
>>> I don't know what your ptrace jailer does. But a task can switch
>>> itself between 32-bit and 64-bit execution at will, and there's
>>> nothing the kernel can do about it. (That isn't quite true -- in
>>> theory the kernel could fiddle with the GDT, but that would be
>>> expensive and wouldn't work on Xen.)
>> That's why we don't cache the CS value but check it for every system call.
>> But you said elsewhere that checking CS isn't always correct either.
>> I grepped arch/x86 for "user_64bit_mode", but couldn't find anything,
>> but maybe my kernel sources are too old, I haven't updated this system
>> for almost a year. The current code only handles 0x23 and 0x33 and kills
>> the jail if it encounters anything else.
> I think you're hosed on Xen, then. Xen regularly runs with a
> different Xen-specific cs value.

That's fine as long as a cs value of 0x23 or 0x33 gives reliable information.
Not running is highly prefered above running insecurely. Security first,
functionality second.



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