Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:21:01 +0400 From: Vasiliy Kulikov <segoon@...nwall.com> To: kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: 32/64 bitness restriction for pid namespace On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 19:40 +0400, Solar Designer wrote: > > > > No, two-state. I tried to make it as simple as possible. As there is > > > > at least one process in current pid ns - init - and it already has some > > > > specific bitness, locking procedure locks the whole container to the > > > > init's bitness. Otherwise, init would die on the next syscall. > > > > > > This is a desired mode as well, yes. I suspect OpenVZ may even make > > > this their default. However, we also need a way to control this > > > pre-init, in case /sbin/init is already replaced by the attacker. > > > I think we need a prctl() that will let us configure things in one of > > > four ways for the very next execve() call: > > > > > > 0. Don't lock bitness. > > > > > > 1. Lock bitness to that of the next binary invoked. > > > > > > 2. Lock bitness to 32-bit, fail the next execve() if not 32-bit. > > > > > > 3. Lock bitness to 64-bit, fail the next execve() if not 64-bit. > > > > Is there any need for 2 and 3? I feel 0 and 1 are fine. KISS :) > > Yes, we also need 2 and 3, for the reason I mentioned: /sbin/init might > be already replaced by the attacker during the guest system's previous > uptime, specifically to bypass our restriction and attack the other > bitness' syscalls. Ah, sure :) > > I don't know whether it is OK to have 2 mechanisms for a rather limited > > thing. For OpenVZ prctl() should be OK as there are 2 ways to enter the > > container: > > > > 1) vzctl start - a process creates an environment, does prctl() and > > execve's init. > > > > 2) vzctl enter - a process does some ioctl() magic to enter already > > created namespaces and vz environment. > > > > For (1) prctl() is just what is needed. For (2) IMO it's better to lock > > the process in this ioctl() (keep it ovz-specific for now) as I don't > > see how upstream can handle this kind of namespace shift. > > Why not use the same prctl() for both? (There's also vzctl exec, but > it's similar to vzctl enter for the purpose of this discussion.) > > There's not much of a difference between execve() of /sbin/init and of > the shell. There is - if we exec init, there is no process in the namespace yet. If exec the shell, an already existing root process may ptrace vzctl process, which hasn't exec'ed and hasn't locked itself yet. I don't know how vzctl is protected against such races. > I agree that your proposed procfs/sysctl interface seems excessive if we > add the prctl(). Actually, it makes sense if we want to lock a live CT, but it is a minor thing. Anyway, I'll send an RFC with a comment that the specific locking interface is not defined yet. Thanks, -- Vasiliy
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