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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 0/3] vfs: Detach mounts on unlink.
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On Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM, Rob Landley <rob@landley.net> wrote:
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> 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:

What drugs are you on?

Your example is moronic, and against all _documented_ uses of chroot.

> chdir("/");
> mkdir("sub");
> chroot("sub");
> chdir("./../../../../../../../..");

After you do a chroot(), you need to chdir *into* the root. The reason
chroot() itself doesn't do that is simple: you may still be doing
various setup stuff.

But your example is just stupid. Yes, chroot'ed environments can
generally be escaped, but your example escape is simply because you
didn't use chroot() correctly.

So learn this pattern: every time you use chroot, add a simple

chdir("/");

immediately after the chroot call.

Then, if you decide that you want to do some setup in between the two
(like the interface allows), that's fine, but always start off with
that "chroot+chdir" pattern.

(Similarly, if it turns out that you want to chdir somewhere else,
like "/home/user" after the chroot, then you can obviously remove the
now superfluous chdir("/"), but you always conceptually start off with
that chroot/chdir pair)

Linus


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