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Subject[PATCH 4.9 36/61] exec: Always set cap_ambient in cap_bprm_set_creds
From: Eric W. Biederman <>

[ Upstream commit a4ae32c71fe90794127b32d26d7ad795813b502e ]

An invariant of cap_bprm_set_creds is that every field in the new cred
structure that cap_bprm_set_creds might set, needs to be set every
time to ensure the fields does not get a stale value.

The field cap_ambient is not set every time cap_bprm_set_creds is
called, which means that if there is a suid or sgid script with an
interpreter that has neither the suid nor the sgid bits set the
interpreter should be able to accept ambient credentials.
Unfortuantely because cap_ambient is not reset to it's original value
the interpreter can not accept ambient credentials.

Given that the ambient capability set is expected to be controlled by
the caller, I don't think this is particularly serious. But it is
definitely worth fixing so the code works correctly.

I have tested to verify my reading of the code is correct and the
interpreter of a sgid can receive ambient capabilities with this
change and cannot receive ambient capabilities without this change.

Cc: Andy Lutomirski <>
Fixes: 58319057b784 ("capabilities: ambient capabilities")
Signed-off-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
security/commoncap.c | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/security/commoncap.c b/security/commoncap.c
index 8df676fbd393..b86aca8d6798 100644
--- a/security/commoncap.c
+++ b/security/commoncap.c
@@ -497,6 +497,7 @@ int cap_bprm_set_creds(struct linux_binprm *bprm)
int ret;
kuid_t root_uid;

+ new->cap_ambient = old->cap_ambient;
if (WARN_ON(!cap_ambient_invariant_ok(old)))
return -EPERM;


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