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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 0/3] vfs: Detach mounts on unlink.
On Sat, Oct 05, 2013 at 06:07:42PM -0500, Rob Landley wrote:
> A todo item I've had _forever_ is fixing chroot() to not be broken
> so that you can trivially break out of a chroot via:
> chdir("/");
> mkdir("sub");
> chroot("sub");
> chdir("./../../../../../../../..");
> (Because chroot() affects where "/" points but NOT where "." points
> to, and chdir does an == check with the dentry "/" points at to know
> when to stop, so if you move "/" under "." you can back up to the
> actual root of the tree.)
> The above is why lxc uses pivot_root() instead of chroot().
> These days, we have multiple mount trees so there's no reason
> chroot() can't trim the process local mount tree (creating a new
> bind mount if necessary). Except my todo list runneth over and I
> haven't had a chance to dig in and see what would be involved. (Last
> time I brought this up people were wondering why chroot() didn't
> just move "." to the new "/" if it wasn't under it. I had no idea,
> still don't.)

1) RTFUNIXFAQ. chroot() never has been root-proof.

2) your "fix" isn't - it will lead to mounts done by chrooted process
not affecting other processes in the same namespace.

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