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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 4/3] vfs: Allow rmdir to remove mounts in all but the current mount namespace
On 06.10.2013 23:55, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> "Serge E. Hallyn" <> writes:
> So if we can feel safe just depending on the parent directory
> permissions (which are not hidden by a mount) protecting our mount
> points, I feel much better about this patchset.

As far as i can tell, the permissions of the host-directory of a
mount-point are hidden, at least for user-space.
(Ignoring (bind-)mounting the parent-mount somewhere else)

As root:
$ mkdir /tmp/test
$ ls -ld /tmp/test
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 40 Oct 8 12:33 /tmp/test

$ mount tmpfs -t tmpfs /tmp/test
$ ls -ld /tmp/test
drwxrwxrwt 2 root root 40 Oct 8 12:33 /tmp/test

$ chown nobody.users /tmp/test
$ ls -ld /tmp/test
drwxrwxrwt 2 nobody users 40 Oct 8 12:33 /tmp/test

$ umount /tmp/test
$ ls -ld /tmp/test
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 40 Oct 8 12:33 /tmp/test

So if the kernel would check the host-directory-permissions for allowing
umounting by rmdir it follows that a "plain user" doesn't have any
possibility to know beforehand if rmdir/umount would be possible.



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