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Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:56:19 -0400
From: Stiepan <stie@....swiss>
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Cc: "857295@...s.debian.org" <857295@...s.debian.org>, Stéphane Graber <stgraber@...ntu.com>, serge.hallyn@...ntu.com
Subject: Re: LXC: CVE-2017-5985: lxc-user-nic didn't verify network namespace ownership

I have found a workaround to start the container in user mode again on Debian 8:
use a "true" br0 bridge instead of lxc-br0 and disable, or stop the lxc-net service.

Under these conditions, using lxc 2.0.7(-1) from jessie-backports, I am not able to reproduce the routing issue I saw running lxc 2.0.6 in user mode using lxc-net. So a safe fallback (for Debian 8), for the time being, seems to be to avoid using user mode lxc networking and use a plain old br0 instead. This should work on all CPU architectures (even on powerpc, known to be recalcitrant to lxc on Debian 8).

Stiepan

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [oss-security] LXC: CVE-2017-5985: lxc-user-nic didn't verify network namespace ownership
Local Time: 14 March 2017 5:17 PM
UTC Time: 14 March 2017 16:17
From: stie@....swiss
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com <oss-security@...ts.openwall.com>, 857295@...s.debian.org <857295@...s.debian.org>
Stéphane Graber <stgraber@...ntu.com>, serge.hallyn@...ntu.com

You are welcome. As stated in my reply to Serge H. Hallyn's off-list message, in the meantime I have installed version 2.0.7 from jessie-backports and am unable to reproduce the issue, as I cannot start unprivileged containers anymore (due to a network error). According to Debian's tracker page for lxc, the version that I have installed from backports is 2.0.7-1, which does not include latest upstream fixes. I guess that I have to wait for the 2.0.7-2 package - which includes latest upstream fixes - to land in jessie-backports for these issues (both security and functional) to be fixed.

CC-ing the Debian address for this bug, as they explicitly asked to do this in case there is a need to reopen the Debian bug, which seems to be the case here (at least, for Jessie, since the intermediary 2.0.7-1 .deb apparently breaks unprivileged networking, besides not fixing the security issue).
To the Debian team in charge of this bug:
As unprivileged mode is not activated by default on Debian, I understand that this is not a priority, but it would still be nice to have this fixed quickly.
By the way, not directly related to this specific bug, but I hope that snapd + LXD somehow finds its way into jessie-backports: that would be great!

Stiepan

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [oss-security] LXC: CVE-2017-5985: lxc-user-nic didn't verify network namespace ownership
Local Time: 14 March 2017 2:06 AM
UTC Time: 14 March 2017 01:07
From: tyhicks@...onical.com
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Stéphane Graber <stgraber@...ntu.com>, serge.hallyn@...ntu.com

On 03/10/2017 06:03 AM, Stiepan wrote:
> I don't know whether that is the same bug, or a related one, but on Debian8 using LXC from jessie-backports, setting the default route in a container affects the host - namely, from an unpriv. container, setting the route sets the host's route as well.
> lxc-info --version outputs 2.0.6 and no update is currently available (on Debian).

Thanks for the report. I just tried to reproduce the issue on Ubuntu
16.04 with 2.0.7-0ubuntu1~16.04.2, which is the package patched for the
issue that I announced in this thread. I couldn't reproduce it.

I then installed an old 2.0.6 based deb (2.0.6-0ubuntu1~ubuntu16.04.1)
and still couldn't reproduce it.

I'd suggest opening an upstream bug here:

https://github.com/lxc/lxc/issues/new

(Normally, they prefer private security bugs on Launchpad but your
report to this list is already public so I don't see a need.)

Tyler

> Stiepan
>
>
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [oss-security] LXC: CVE-2017-5985: lxc-user-nic didn't verify network namespace ownership
> Local Time: 9 March 2017 5:54 PM
> UTC Time: 9 March 2017 16:55
> From: tyhicks@...onical.com
> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
> Stéphane Graber <stgraber@...ntu.com>
>
> Jann Horn discovered that the lxc-user-nic program could be tricked into
> operating on a network namespace over which the caller did not hold
> privilege.
>
> The behavior didn't follow what was documented in the lxc-user-nic(1)
> man page:
>
> It ensures that the calling user is privileged over the network
> namespace to which the interface will be attached.
>
> This issue is CVE-2017-5985.
>
> https://lists.linuxcontainers.org/pipermail/lxc-users/2017-March/012925.html
> https://launchpad.net/bugs/1654676
> https://github.com/lxc/lxc/commit/16af238036a5464ae8f2420ed3af214f0de875f9
>
> Tyler
>

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