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SubjectRe: Proposal: restrict link(2)

On Mon, 16 Dec 1996, Marek Michalkiewicz wrote:

>
> Theodore Y. Ts'o:
> > Someone in Devel can trivial give write access to Beta Report merely by
> > leaving a setgid devel program in their homedirectory.
>
> I don't see any good reasons why ordinary users should be allowed
> to set set[ug]id bits. Perhaps that should be disallowed (at least
> as an option)? Would it break any standards?
>
> Marek
>
I think that a program that is set 4755 (priv bits) has those
attributes ignored unless the file is owned by root or at least has
a group of "0". I'm not sure of the exact UID/GID, but I know that, as
a user with a UID of 100 and a GID of 100, I can set my executable file :

chmod 4755 foo

with foo.c containing setuid(0) ; setgid(0); system("bash");.....
and It does NOT spawn a root shell. However, if I change the program
ownership to root, something a normal user can't do, the program does
in fact create a root shell.

In other words, to make a SUID program actually execute as root, the
program must be owned by root AND have those bits set. Therefore, allowing
a normal user to change file attribute bits is not a security risk and,
in fact, makes chmod simpler. Note that chown doesn't allow the owner to
change a file ownership unless the new owner is in the same group. Therefore
a normal user can't set the attribute bits, then change the file owner
to root. In an early version of Sparc Unix (before SunOs), the owner of
a file could do just that. The result could have been exactly as expected,
a gigantic security hole. Any user can become root.

Cheers,
Dick Johnson
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