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SubjectRe: [PATCH PLACEHOLDER 1/3] fs/exec: "always_unprivileged" patch
On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM, Andrew Lutomirski <luto@mit.edu> wrote:
>
> That may prevent another use: set this new flag, chroot, drop
> privileges, accept network connections.  (The idea being that chroot
> might work unprivileged if this flag is set.)

Well, if you have privileges, then just do

chroot();
drop privileges

and if you depend on the new flag, then you do

drop privileges
set new flag
chroot

and if you want to work either way then you just do

error = chroot
drop privileges
set new flag
if error
chroot

which does the right thing regardless of whether you had privileges
and/or a new kernel or not.

In any of the three cases I don't see why you'd ever want to drop
privileges *after* setting the new flag.

Linus
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