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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] vfs: plug some holes involving LAST_BIND symlinks and file bind mounts (try #5)
Jeff Layton <> writes:

> There are a few situations where a lookup can end up returning a dentry
> without revalidating it, and without checking whether the calling
> process has permissions to access it. Two situations identified so far
> are:
> 1) LAST_BIND symlinks (such as those under /proc/<pid>)
> 2) file bind mounts
> This patchset is intended to fix this by forcing revalidation of the
> returned dentries at appropriate locations.
> In the case of LAST_BIND symlinks it also adds a check to verify that
> the target of the symlink is accessible by the current process by
> walking mounts and dentries back up to the root and checking permission
> on each inode.
> This set fixes the reproducers I have (including the reproducer that
> Pavel provided for the permissions bypass). It's still pretty rough
> though and I expect that it'll need revision. At this point, I'm mainly
> looking to get these questions answered:
> 1) what should we do if these dentries are found to be invalid? Is it ok
> to d_invalidate them? Or is that likely to break something (particularly
> in the case of file bind mounts)?

The normal sequence in do_revalidate should be safe. In practice what we
should see is d_drop(). If we access the dentries via another path today
we already go through d_revalidate. It is only the reference count on
the dentry that keeps them alive and working. The cases I have looked
at for distributed filesystems have to call d_drop themselves so I don't
know if it would add anything if the vfs called d_revalidate. Especially
since FS_REVAL_DOT doesn't have that logic.

> 2) I'm using FS_REVAL_DOT as an indicator of whether to force a
> d_revalidate. I think that it's appropriate to key off of that flag, but
> we may want to rename it (maybe FS_FORCE_D_REVAL ?).

Perhaps FS_ALWAYS_REVAL. I don't think it makes much of
a difference either way. I expect a rename should come after we fix
nfsv4 so there is a chance at pushing the fixes back to stable.

> 3) is check_path_accessible racy? It seems to work, but something
> doesn't seem quite right with this approach. Is this defeatable somehow?
> Could a rename of one of the intermediate path components cause
> problems?

check_path_accessible seems pretty horrible. If a process is running
inside of a subdirectory it doesn't have permissions to access, say
a chroot, /proc/self/fd/XXX becomes completely unusable.


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