From: Aleksa Sarai
Sent: 01 October 2018 17:16
On 2018-10-01, David Laight David.Laight@ACULAB.COM wrote:
- Mountpoint crossings are blocked by AT_XDEV.
You might want a mountpoint flag that allows crossing into the mounted filesystem (you may need to get out in order to do pwd()).
Like a mount flag? I'm not sure how I feel about that. The intention is to allow for a process to have control over how path lookups are handled, and tying it to a mount flag means that it's no longer entirely up to the process.
Right, but you may have some mount points that you don't want to cross and others that it is perfectly fine to cross. For example you might want to be able to cross into a 'tmp' filesystem.
If you make the flags a property of the directory vnode (perhaps as well as any syscall flags), and make it inherited by vnode lookup then it can be used to stop library functions (or entire binaries) using blocked paths. You'd then only need to add an fcntl() call to set the flags (but never clear them) to get the restriction applied to every lookup.
This seems like it might be useful, but it could always be done as a follow-up patch by just setting LOOKUP_BLAH if the dirfd has the flag set. I'm also a little bit concerned that (because fd flags are set on the 'struct file') if you start sharing fds then you can no longer use the lookup scoping for security (a racing process could remove the flags while the management process resolves through it).
I was thinking that the flags would never be removable. A management process might have to flip its cwd back and forth in order to clear the flags (opendir(".") should give a different struct file).
This all gets tied up with the slight requirement for per-thread cwd.
I had another thought that the crudentials structure used for a file lookup could also be taken from the cwd (not sure how it would get there - especially if you need the correct group list). That would allow a 'management' process to open a file in the context of the target user process.
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