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Subject[PATCH 1/1] file capabilities: remove cap_task_kill() (-git)
(resending once against -git.  I had sent against -stable in
http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/2/28/225. Without this patch,
atd is broken at least on some distros.)

The original justification for cap_task_kill() was as follows:

check_kill_permission() does appropriate uid equivalence checks.
However with file capabilities it becomes possible for an
unprivileged user to execute a file with file capabilities
resulting in a more privileged task with the same uid.

However now that cap_task_kill() always returns 0 (permission
granted) when p->uid==current->uid, the whole hook is worthless,
and only likely to create more subtle problems in the corner cases
where it might still be called but return -EPERM. Those cases
are basically when uids are different but euid/suid is equivalent
as per the check in check_kill_permission().

One example of a still-broken application is 'at' for non-root users.

This patch removes cap_task_kill().

Signed-off-by: Serge Hallyn <serge@hallyn.com>
Acked-by: Andrew G. Morgan <morgan@kernel.org>
---
include/linux/security.h | 3 +--
security/capability.c | 1 -
security/commoncap.c | 40 ----------------------------------------
3 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 43 deletions(-)
diff --git a/include/linux/security.h b/include/linux/security.h
index b07357c..c673dfd 100644
--- a/include/linux/security.h
+++ b/include/linux/security.h
@@ -57,7 +57,6 @@ extern int cap_inode_need_killpriv(struct dentry *dentry);
extern int cap_inode_killpriv(struct dentry *dentry);
extern int cap_task_post_setuid (uid_t old_ruid, uid_t old_euid, uid_t old_suid, int flags);
extern void cap_task_reparent_to_init (struct task_struct *p);
-extern int cap_task_kill(struct task_struct *p, struct siginfo *info, int sig, u32 secid);
extern int cap_task_setscheduler (struct task_struct *p, int policy, struct sched_param *lp);
extern int cap_task_setioprio (struct task_struct *p, int ioprio);
extern int cap_task_setnice (struct task_struct *p, int nice);
@@ -2187,7 +2186,7 @@ static inline int security_task_kill (struct task_struct *p,
struct siginfo *info, int sig,
u32 secid)
{
- return cap_task_kill(p, info, sig, secid);
+ return 0;
}

static inline int security_task_wait (struct task_struct *p)
diff --git a/security/capability.c b/security/capability.c
index 9e99f36..2c6e06d 100644
--- a/security/capability.c
+++ b/security/capability.c
@@ -40,7 +40,6 @@ static struct security_operations capability_ops = {
.inode_need_killpriv = cap_inode_need_killpriv,
.inode_killpriv = cap_inode_killpriv,

- .task_kill = cap_task_kill,
.task_setscheduler = cap_task_setscheduler,
.task_setioprio = cap_task_setioprio,
.task_setnice = cap_task_setnice,
diff --git a/security/commoncap.c b/security/commoncap.c
index bb0c095..06d5c94 100644
--- a/security/commoncap.c
+++ b/security/commoncap.c
@@ -540,41 +540,6 @@ int cap_task_setnice (struct task_struct *p, int nice)
return cap_safe_nice(p);
}

-int cap_task_kill(struct task_struct *p, struct siginfo *info,
- int sig, u32 secid)
-{
- if (info != SEND_SIG_NOINFO && (is_si_special(info) || SI_FROMKERNEL(info)))
- return 0;
-
- /*
- * Running a setuid root program raises your capabilities.
- * Killing your own setuid root processes was previously
- * allowed.
- * We must preserve legacy signal behavior in this case.
- */
- if (p->uid == current->uid)
- return 0;
-
- /* sigcont is permitted within same session */
- if (sig == SIGCONT && (task_session_nr(current) == task_session_nr(p)))
- return 0;
-
- if (secid)
- /*
- * Signal sent as a particular user.
- * Capabilities are ignored. May be wrong, but it's the
- * only thing we can do at the moment.
- * Used only by usb drivers?
- */
- return 0;
- if (cap_issubset(p->cap_permitted, current->cap_permitted))
- return 0;
- if (capable(CAP_KILL))
- return 0;
-
- return -EPERM;
-}
-
/*
* called from kernel/sys.c for prctl(PR_CABSET_DROP)
* done without task_capability_lock() because it introduces
@@ -605,11 +570,6 @@ int cap_task_setnice (struct task_struct *p, int nice)
{
return 0;
}
-int cap_task_kill(struct task_struct *p, struct siginfo *info,
- int sig, u32 secid)
-{
- return 0;
-}
#endif

void cap_task_reparent_to_init (struct task_struct *p)
--
1.5.2.5


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