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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ksys_mount: check for permissions before resource allocation

> On Jun 6, 2018, at 6:22 PM, Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
> Ilya Matveychikov <> writes:
>>> On Jun 5, 2018, at 11:56 PM, Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
>>> Ilya Matveychikov <> writes:
>>>> Just CC’ed to some of maintainers.
>>>> $ perl scripts/ fs/0001-ksys_mount-check-for-permissions-before-resource-all.patch
>>>> Alexander Viro <> (maintainer:FILESYSTEMS (VFS and infrastructure))
>>>> (open list:FILESYSTEMS (VFS and infrastructure))
>>>> (open list)
>>>>> On Jun 5, 2018, at 6:00 AM, Ilya Matveychikov <> wrote:
>>>>> Early check for mount permissions prevents possible allocation of 3
>>>>> pages from kmalloc() pool by unpriveledged user which can be used for
>>>>> spraying the kernel heap.
>>> *Snort*
>>> You clearly have not read may_mount. Your modified code still
>>> let's unprivileged users in. So even if all of Al's good objections
>>> were not applicable this change would still be buggy and wrong.
>>> Nacked-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <>
>> Don’t get me wrong but may_mount() is:
>> static inline bool may_mount(void)
>> {
>> return ns_capable(current->nsproxy->mnt_ns->user_ns, CAP_SYS_ADMIN);
>> }
>> What do you mean by "You clearly have not read may_mount”? The only thing that
>> can affect may_mount result (as mentioned earlier) is that task’s NS capability
>> might be changed by security_sb_mount() hook.
>> So, do you think that is’s possible to NOT have CAP_SYS_ADMIN while entering to
>> ksys_mount() but getting it with the security_sb_mount() hook?
> I mean it works for unprivileged users.
> You can try "unshare -Urm" on a reasonably recent kernel and it will
> work and you can then mount and unmount things.
> Strictly speaking it only works if you have the appropriate set of
> capabilities in your user namespace. But that does not imply you are a
> privileged user in the broader sense.
> Any user can create a user namespace, and become the root user
> in a user namespace. The root user in a user namespace can create
> a mount namespace. The root user in a user namespace can mount
> and unmount filesystems in their namespace.
> Or in net anyone can call mount and get past the may_mount test.
> Without reducing who can cause the kernel allocation moving the test is
> pointless.

Ok, now I see. No reason to make change as it doesn’t really prevents users
of doing mount() using they own namespaces.

Thank you for the explanation.

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