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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/8] exec: Allow load_misc_binary to call prepare_binfmt unconditionally
Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> writes:

> On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 07:31:51PM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>>
>> Add a flag preserve_creds that binfmt_misc can set to prevent
>> credentials from being updated. This allows binfmt_misc to always
>> call prepare_binfmt. Allowing the credential computation logic to be
>
> typo: prepare_binprm()

Thank you.

>> consolidated.
>>
>> Not replacing the credentials with the interpreters credentials is
>> safe because because an open file descriptor to the executable is
>> passed to the interpreter. As the interpreter does not need to
>> reopen the executable it is guaranteed to see the same file that
>> exec sees.
>
> Yup, looks good. Note below on comment.
>
> Reviewed-by: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
>
>> [...]
>> diff --git a/include/linux/binfmts.h b/include/linux/binfmts.h
>> index 8605ab4a0f89..dbb5614d62a2 100644
>> --- a/include/linux/binfmts.h
>> +++ b/include/linux/binfmts.h
>> @@ -26,6 +26,8 @@ struct linux_binprm {
>> unsigned long p; /* current top of mem */
>> unsigned long argmin; /* rlimit marker for copy_strings() */
>> unsigned int
>> + /* It is safe to use the creds of a script (see binfmt_misc) */
>> + preserve_creds:1,
>
> How about:
>
> /*
> * A binfmt handler will set this to True before calling
> * prepare_binprm() if it is safe to reuse the previous
> * credentials, based on bprm->file (see binfmt_misc).
> */

I think that is more words saying less.

While I agree it might be better. I don't see what your comment adds to
the understanding. What do you see my comment not saying that is important?

Eric

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