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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kernel: make /proc/kallsyms mode 400 to reduce ease of attacking
On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Sarah Sharp
<sarah.a.sharp@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>
> .config and dmesg are attached.  The box is running klogd 1.5.5ubuntu3
> (from Jaunty).  Yes, I know that's old.  I read the bit in the commit
> about changing the permissions of kallsyms after boot, but if I can't
> boot that doesn't help.  Perhaps this can be made a configuration
> option?

It's not worth a config option.

If it actually breaks user-space, I think we should just revert it.
It's kind of sad to default to the world-visible thing, but as I
mentioned in the commit, this is something where a sysadmin or distro
can trivially just fix it at boot-time too, with just a

chmod og-r /proc/kallsyms

in your bootup scripts.

And if somebody has taken control of the machine _before_ the bootup
scripts get to run, you have bigger problems than a /proc/kallsyms
file.

So I guess I'll revert it.

Thanks for testing and bisecting.

Linus
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