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SubjectRe: [REVIEW][PATCH] exec: Don't exec files the userns root can not read.
On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 10:29 AM, Jann Horn <> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 11:52:50AM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Andy Lutomirski <> writes:
>> > Simply ptrace yourself, exec the
>> > program, and then dump the program out. A program that really wants
>> > to be unreadable should have a stub: the stub is setuid and readable,
>> > but all the stub does is to exec the real program, and the real
>> > program should have mode 0500 or similar.
>> >
>> > ISTM the "right" check would be to enforce that the program's new
>> > creds can read the program, but that will break backwards
>> > compatibility.
>> Last I looked I had the impression that exec of a setuid program kills
>> the ptrace.
>> If we are talking about a exec of a simple unreadable executable (aka
>> something that sets undumpable but is not setuid or setgid). Then I
>> agree it should break the ptrace as well and since those programs are as
>> rare as hens teeth I don't see any problem with changing the ptrace behavior
>> in that case.
> Nope. check_unsafe_exec() sets LSM_UNSAFE_* flags in bprm->unsafe, and then
> the flags are checked by the LSMs and cap_bprm_set_creds() in commoncap.c.
> cap_bprm_set_creds() just degrades the execution to a non-setuid-ish one,
> and e.g. ptracers stay attached.

I think you're right. I ought to be completely sure because I rewrote
that code back in 2005 or so back when I thought kernel programming
was only for the cool kids. It was probably my first kernel patch
ever and it closed an awkward-to-exploit root hole. But it's been a
while. (Too bad my second (IIRC) kernel patch was more mundane and
fixed the mute button on "new" Lenovo X60-era laptops and spend
several years in limbo...)


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