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SubjectRe: Modprobe local root exploit
Keith Owens <> writes:

> All these patches against request_module are attacking the problem at
> the wrong point.


> The kernel can request any module name it likes, using any string it
> likes, as long as the kernel generates the name. The real problem
> is when the kernel blindly accepts some user input and passes it
> straight to modprobe, then the kernel is acting like a setuid
> wrapper for a program that was never designed to run setuid.

I don't think it's a good idea to distribute such stuff over the whole
kernel. Better control it at a single place, either when passing the
parameter down to modprobe, or in modprobe itself. Everything else is
too error-prone.

Florian Weimer Florian.Weimer@RUS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE
University of Stuttgart
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