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SubjectRe: hard links create local DoS vulnerability and security problems
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John Bradford <john@grabjohn.com> writes:

>> > They can truncate the file to zero length, though, then delete the
>> > 'original' link, making all of the other links point to the zero
>> > length file.
>>
>> It could be tricky to find those extra links if the original has been
>> deleted, of course.
>
> True, but as long as at least one of the links which has been made to
> the original file is in a directory you have access to, you can simply
> create a new link to the file, truncate it, then delete your newly
> created link, so actually deleting the 'original' link is not
> necessarily a problem :-).

There's no need to make a new link, since any links will be owned by
the original owner. That was the concern in the first place. The
problem is finding a link after the file has been deleted. It could
be hidden away somewhere in a directory you don't have read or execute
permission for.

--
Måns Rullgård
mru@kth.se

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