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SubjectRe: [PATCH 12/13] ovl: switch to __inode_permission()
On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 09:59:51AM -0700, Casey Schaufler wrote:
> On 8/15/2012 8:48 AM, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > From: Andy Whitcroft <apw@canonical.com>
> >
> > When checking permissions on an overlayfs inode we do not take into
> > account either device cgroup restrictions nor security permissions.
> > This allows a user to mount an overlayfs layer over a restricted device
> > directory and by pass those permissions to open otherwise restricted
> > files.
>
> Why is this a good idea? Either you're not including enough context
> about the conditions under which this can occur, or you're suggesting
> the introduction of a trivial mechanism for bypassing all file access
> controls. This does not seem right.

It is stating that the unprotected case is how things was before this
patch switches us over to __inode_permisssions. The patch is closing
the hole indicated.

-apw
> >
> > Switch over to __inode_permissions.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Andy Whitcroft <apw@canonical.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Miklos Szeredi <mszeredi@suse.cz>
> > ---
> > fs/overlayfs/inode.c | 12 +-----------
> > 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/inode.c b/fs/overlayfs/inode.c
> > index e854720..f3a534f 100644
> > --- a/fs/overlayfs/inode.c
> > +++ b/fs/overlayfs/inode.c
> > @@ -100,19 +100,9 @@ int ovl_permission(struct inode *inode, int mask)
> > if (is_upper && !IS_RDONLY(inode) && IS_RDONLY(realinode) &&
> > (S_ISREG(mode) || S_ISDIR(mode) || S_ISLNK(mode)))
> > goto out_dput;
> > -
> > - /*
> > - * Nobody gets write access to an immutable file.
> > - */
> > - err = -EACCES;
> > - if (IS_IMMUTABLE(realinode))
> > - goto out_dput;
> > }
> >
> > - if (realinode->i_op->permission)
> > - err = realinode->i_op->permission(realinode, mask);
> > - else
> > - err = generic_permission(realinode, mask);
> > + err = __inode_permission(realinode, mask);
> > out_dput:
> > dput(alias);
> > return err;
>


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