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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] vfs: new O_NODE open flag
On Wed 2009-12-02 17:16:57, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> v2->v3 slightly updated patch description
>
> Thanks to Alan for the feedback. The main points raised were I think:
>
> 1) There's a security hole with dynamicly allocated devices if
> permissions on new device are difference than on old device.
>
> The issue is valid, but also exists if hard links are created to
> device nodes. udev already defends against this by setting
> permissions on device to zero before unlinking it.

Perhaps machine has /dev on separate filesystem, not writeable to
users?

Adding new security holes is bad...

> 3) There's an alleged security hole (commonly referred to as "Pavel's
> issue" :) with reopening for write (or truncating) a file desciptor
> through /proc/P/fd for a file descriptor opened for read-only.
>
> This patch doens't change any of that except the file opened without
> any permission can also be re-opened with increased permissions, as
> long as i_mode allows. I think this is an othogonal issue and so this
> patch doesn't deal with it.

You just made the hole way more common and easier to exploit.

> Comments? Any chance of this being accepted into -mm?

With adding 2 new security problems?
Pavel

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