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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 3/8] exec: Convert security_bprm_set_creds into security_bprm_repopulate_creds
On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 02:03:23PM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> writes:
>
> > On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 07:31:14PM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> >> [...]
> >> diff --git a/include/linux/binfmts.h b/include/linux/binfmts.h
> >> index d1217fcdedea..8605ab4a0f89 100644
> >> --- a/include/linux/binfmts.h
> >> +++ b/include/linux/binfmts.h
> >> @@ -27,10 +27,10 @@ struct linux_binprm {
> >> unsigned long argmin; /* rlimit marker for copy_strings() */
> >> unsigned int
> >> /*
> >> - * True if most recent call to cap_bprm_set_creds
> >> + * True if most recent call to security_bprm_set_creds
> >> * resulted in elevated privileges.
> >> */
> >> - cap_elevated:1,
> >> + active_secureexec:1,
> >
> > Also, I'd like it if this comment could be made more verbose as well, for
> > anyone trying to understand the binfmt execution flow for the first time.
> > Perhaps:
> >
> > /*
> > * Must be set True during the any call to
> > * bprm_set_creds hook where the execution would
> > * reuslt in elevated privileges. (The hook can be
> > * called multiple times during nested interpreter
> > * resolution across binfmt_script, binfmt_misc, etc).
> > */
> Well it is not during but after the call that it becomes true.
> I think most recent covers the case of multiple calls.

I'm thinking of an LSM writing reading these comments to decide what
they need to do to the flags, so it's a direction to them to set it to
true if they have determined that privilege was gained. (Though in
theory, this is all moot since only the commoncap hook cares.)

> I think having the loop explicitly in the code a few patches
> later makes it clear that there is a loop dealing with interpreters.
>
> Conciseness has a virtue in that it is easy to absorb. Seeing
> active says most recent and secureexec does not is enough to ask
> questions and look at the code.

I still think a hint about the nature of nested exec resolution would be
nice in here somewhere, especially given that this value is zeroed
before each call to the hook.

--
Kees Cook

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