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Subject[PATCH] prctl: Use CAP_SYS_RESOUCE for PR_SET_MM option
CAP_SYS_ADMIN is already overloaded left and right,
so to have more finegrained access control use

The CAP_SYS_RESOUCE is chosen because this prctl
option allows a current process to adjust some
fields of memory map descriptor which rather
represent what the process owns: pointers to
code, data, stack segments, command line,
auxilary vector data and etc.

Suggested-by: Michael Kerrisk <>
CC: Andrew Morton <>
CC: Pavel Emelyanov <>
CC: Tejun Heo <>
CC: Oleg Nesterov <>
CC: KOSAKI Motohiro <>
CC: Kees Cook <>
Signed-off-by: Cyrill Gorcunov <>
kernel/sys.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

Index: linux-2.6.git/kernel/sys.c
--- linux-2.6.git.orig/kernel/sys.c
+++ linux-2.6.git/kernel/sys.c
@@ -1712,7 +1712,7 @@ static int prctl_set_mm(int opt, unsigne
if (arg5 || (arg4 && opt != PR_SET_MM_AUXV))
return -EINVAL;

- if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
+ if (!capable(CAP_SYS_RESOURCE))
return -EPERM;

if (addr >= TASK_SIZE)

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