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SubjectRe: shmctl(SHM_STAT) vs. /proc/sysvipc/shm permissions discrepancies
On Wed 20-12-17 09:44:47, Michael Kerrisk wrote:
> Hi Manfred,
>
> On 20 December 2017 at 09:32, Dr. Manfred Spraul
> <manfred@colorfullife.com> wrote:
> > Hi Michal,
> >
> > On 12/19/2017 10:48 AM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi,
> >> we have been contacted by our partner about the following permission
> >> discrepancy
> >> 1. Create a shared memory segment with permissions 600 with user A using
> >> shmget(key, 1024, 0600 | IPC_CREAT)
> >> 2. ipcs -m should return an output as follows:
> >>
> >> ------ Shared Memory Segments --------
> >> key shmid owner perms bytes nattch status
> >> 0x58b74326 759562241 A 600 1024 0
> >>
> >> 3. Try to read the metadata with shmctl(0, SHM_STAT,...) as user B.
> >> 4. shmctl will return -EACCES
> >>
> >> The supper set information provided by shmctl can be retrieved by
> >> reading /proc/sysvipc/shm which does not require read permissions
> >> because it is 444.
> >>
> >> It seems that the discrepancy is there since ae7817745eef ("[PATCH] ipc:
> >> add generic struct ipc_ids seq_file iteration") when the proc interface
> >> has been introduced. The changelog is really modest on information or
> >> intention but I suspect this just got overlooked during review. SHM_STAT
> >> has always been about read permission and it is explicitly documented
> >> that way.
> >
> > Are you sure that this patch changed the behavior?
> > The proc interface is much older.
>
> Yes, I think that's correct. The /proc/sysvipc interface appeared in
> 2.3.x, and AFAIK the behavior was already different from *_STAT back
> then.

I have probably misread the patch. It surely adds sysvipc_proc_fops,
maybe there was a different implementation previously. I haven't
checked.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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