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Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:31:02 -0700
From: Andrew Morton <>
To: Vasiliy Kulikov <>
 Kroah-Hartman <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>, Arnd Bergmann <>,
        Alexey Dobriyan <>
Subject: Re: [RFC 0/5 v4] procfs: introduce hidepid=, hidenet=, gid= mount

Plese cc Alexey on procfs things.

On Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:51:35 +0400
Vasiliy Kulikov <> wrote:

> This patch series adds support of procfs mount options and adds
> mount options to restrict /proc/<pid>/ directories to owners and
> /proc/<pid>/net/* to root.  Additional group may be defined via
> gid=, and this group will be privileged to study others /proc/<pid>/
> and networking information.
> Similar features are implemented for old kernels in -ow patches (for
> Linux 2.2 and 2.4) and for Linux 2.6 in -grsecurity, but both of them
> are implemented as configure options, not cofigurable in runtime, with
> changes of gid of /proc/<pid>/, and without backward-compatible
> /proc/<pid>/net/* handling.

This all seems highly specific to one particular set of requirements. 
We have one set of access permission rules and then dive into procfs
and hard-wire those rules into the implementation?  What happens if
someone else has a similar but slightly different set of requirements? 
More kernel patches?

IOW is there some more general way of doing all this?  <handwaving>Like
better permissions/chmod support in procfs and an inherited-across-fork
per-process procfs permissions mask.</handwaving>

Does all this code support `mount -o remount' as expected?

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