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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/9] procfs: protect /proc/<pid>/* files with file->f_cred
On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 9:51 AM, Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM, Djalal Harouni <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 01, 2013 at 06:40:41PM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>>> On 10/01/2013 01:26 PM, Djalal Harouni wrote:
>>> > /proc/<pid>/* entries varies at runtime, appropriate permission checks
>>> > need to happen during each system call.
>>> >
>>> > Currently some of these sensitive entries are protected by performing
>>> > the ptrace_may_access() check. However even with that the /proc file
>>> > descriptors can be passed to a more privileged process
>>> > (e.g. a suid-exec) which will pass the classic ptrace_may_access()
>>> > check. In general the ->open() call will be issued by an unprivileged
>>> > process while the ->read(),->write() calls by a more privileged one.
>>> >
>>> > Example of these files are:
>>> > /proc/*/syscall, /proc/*/stack etc.
>>> >
>>> > And any open(/proc/self/*) then suid-exec to read()/write() /proc/self/*
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > These files are protected during read() by the ptrace_may_access(),
>>> > however the file descriptor can be passed to a suid-exec which can be
>>> > used to read data and bypass ASLR. Of course this was discussed several
>>> > times on LKML.
>>> Can you elaborate on what it is that you're fixing? That is, can you
>>> give a concrete example of what process opens what file and passes the
>>> fd to what process?
>> Yes, the references were already given in this email:
>> This has been discussed several times on lkml:
>> (check Kees's references)
>>> I'm having trouble following your description.
>> Process open a /proc file and pass the fd to a more privilaged process
>> that will pass the ptrace_may_access() check, while the original process
>> that opened that file should fail at the ptrace_may_access()
> So we're talking about two kinds of attacks, right?


> Type 1: Unprivileged process does something like open("/proc/1/maps",
> O_RDONLY) and then passes the resulting fd to something privileged.

... and then leaks contents back to unprivileged process.

> Type 2: Unprivileged process does something like
> open("/proc/self/maps", O_RDONLY) and then forks. The parent calls
> execve on something privileged.

... and then parent snoops on file contents for the privileged child.

(Type 2 is solved currently, IIUC. Type 1 could be reduced in scope by
changing these file modes back to 0400.)

> Can we really not get away with fixing type 1 by preventing these
> files from being opened in the first place and type 2 by revoking all
> of these fds when a privilege-changing exec happens?

Type 1 can be done via exec as well. Instead of using a priv exec to
read an arbitrary process, read it could read its own.

I think revoking the fd would be great. Does that mechanism exist?


Kees Cook
Chrome OS Security

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