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SubjectRe: [3.1 REGRESSION] Commit 5cec93c216db77c45f7ce970d46283bcb1933884 breaks the Chromium seccomp sandbox
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On 14 November 2011 00:38, Andrew Lutomirski <luto@mit.edu> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 10:50 PM, Mark Seaborn <mseaborn@chromium.org> wrote:
>> I think the problem is that seccomp-sandbox attempts to patch the
>> vsyscall page.  It replaces the SYSCALL instructions in this page with
>> jumps to seccomp-sandbox's handler.  (More accurately, seccomp-sandbox
>> creates a patched copy of the vsyscall page.  It redirects glibc's
>> indirect jumps so that they go to the patched copy of the vsyscall
>> page instead of to the original.)  The code for this is in
>> patchVSystemCalls() in library.cc
>> (http://code.google.com/p/seccompsandbox/source/browse/trunk/library.cc).
>>
>> If the vsyscall page's code no longer invokes the kernel via SYSCALL
>> instructions but via some other trap, seccomp-sandbox's trick will no
>> longer work, because it doesn't know to patch the instructions that do
>> this new trap.
>
> The vsyscall code is now:
>
>        mov $__NR_whatever %rax
>        syscall
>        ret
>
> It used to be weirder, but we changed to to avoid breaking things like
> this.  The secret is that, if vsyscall=emulate, the vsyscall page is
> not executable and we use the page fault to invoke
> do_emulate_vsyscall.  But userspace can't tell it's not executable
> without actually jumping there, and with vsyscall=native, it's just a
> normal syscall.

Ah, that's much nicer. In that case, the fix should just be a case of
adding the new syscall numbers to the whitelist in
system_call_table.cc.

The current hang might just be occurring because libpthread's timeout
calculations come out wrong. libpthread doesn't check for errors from
its calls to vsyscall routines, at least in
nptl/sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/x86_64/pthread_cond_timedwait.S in the
version I checked.


> I'll try to build a sandboxing copy of chromium tomorrow to see if I
> can reproduce it.

You don't necessarily need to build Chromium. You can try running
"make test" in a checkout of seccompsandbox. That might not catch the
problem, though. I did not realise that the vsyscall page was still
used by glibc when I wrote those tests.

Cheers,
Mark
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