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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/11] Adding FreeBSD's Capsicum security framework (part 1)
Il 30/06/2014 12:28, David Drysdale ha scritto:
> Hi all,
> The last couple of versions of FreeBSD (9.x/10.x) have included the
> Capsicum security framework [1], which allows security-aware
> applications to sandbox themselves in a very fine-grained way. For
> example, OpenSSH now (>= 6.5) uses Capsicum in its FreeBSD version to
> restrict sshd's credentials checking process, to reduce the chances of
> credential leakage.

Hi David,

we've had similar goals in QEMU. QEMU can be used as a virtual machine
monitor from the command line, but it also has an API that lets a
management tool drive QEMU via AF_UNIX sockets. Long term, we would
like to have a restricted mode for QEMU where all file descriptors are
obtained via SCM_RIGHTS or /dev/fd, and syscalls can be locked down.

Currently we do use seccomp v2 BPF filters, but unfortunately this
didn't help very much. QEMU supports hotplugging hence the filter must
whitelist anything that _might_ be used in the future, which is
generally... too much.

Something like Capsicum would be really nice because it attaches
capabilities to file descriptors. However, I wonder however how
extensible Capsicum could be, and I am worried about the proliferation
of capabilities that its design naturally leads to.

Given Linux's previous experience with BPF filters, what do you think
about attaching specific BPF programs to file descriptors? Then
whenever a syscall is run that affects a file descriptor, the BPF
program for the file descriptor (attached to a struct file* as in
Capsicum) would run in addition to the process-wide filter.

An equivalent of PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS can also be added to file
descriptors, so that a program that doesn't lock down syscalls can still
lock down the operations (including fcntls and ioctls) on specific file

Converting FreeBSD capabilities to BPF programs can be easily
implemented in userspace.

> [Capsicum also includes 'capability mode', which locks down the
> available syscalls so the rights restrictions can't just be bypassed
> by opening new file descriptors; I'll describe that separately later.]

This can also be implemented in userspace via seccomp and

> [Policing the rights checks anywhere else, for example at the system
> call boundary, isn't a good idea because it opens up the possibility
> of time-of-check/time-of-use (TOCTOU) attacks [2] where FDs are
> changed (as openat/close/dup2 are allowed in capability mode) between
> the 'check' at syscall entry and the 'use' at fget() invocation.]

In the case of BPF filters, I wonder if you could stash the BPF
"environment" somewhere and then use it at fget() invocation.
Alternatively, it can be reconstructed at fget() time, similar to your
introduction of fgetr().



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