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SubjectRe: ptrace allows you to read -r files
On Tue, Feb 05, 2002 at 11:33:32AM +1100, Andrew Griffiths wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> While playing around I noticed that if I fork()ed, then did ptrace(PTRACE_TRACEME,...) then exec'd a non-readable binary, the ptrace interface would let me read the binary.
> This was tested on 2.4.17ctx-5 (the security context patch), however I have been told it works on vanilla kernels, also I tested it on 2.4.2-pax on an old machine. (pentium 75...)
> For those who want some demo code, you can find it at
> For testing it, I used /usr/bin/ssh which was rws--x--x.
> Since I'm not subscribed to this list, could any replies be cc'd to me? Thanks.

I think this is just 'known'. Note that it isn't a security problem
otherwise; you'll find that the setuid application does not setuid if
it is ptraced. On 2.4.17 at least.

Daniel Jacobowitz Carnegie Mellon University
MontaVista Software Debian GNU/Linux Developer
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