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Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:08:12 +0400
From: Vasiliy Kulikov <>
To: Andrew Morton <>
Cc:, Al Viro <>,
	David Rientjes <>,
	Stephen Wilson <>,
	KOSAKI Motohiro <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] proc: fix races against execve() of /proc/PID/fd**

On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 23:01 +0400, Vasiliy Kulikov wrote:
> fd* files are restricted to the task's owner, and other users may not
> get direct access to them.  But one may open any of these files and run
> any setuid program, keeping opened file descriptors.  As there are
> permission checks on open(), but not on stat(), readdir(), and read(),
> operations on the kept file descriptors will not be checked.  It makes
> it possible to violate procfs permission model.
> Reading fdinfo/* may disclosure current fds' position and flags, reading
> directory contents of fdinfo/ and fd/ may disclosure the number of opened
> files by the target task.  This information is not sensible per se, but
> it can reveal some private information (like length of a password stored in
> a file) under certain conditions.
> Used existing (un)lock_trace functions to check for ptrace_may_access(),
> but instead of using EPERM return code from it use EACCES to be
> consistent with existing proc_pid_follow_link()/proc_pid_readlink()
> return codes.  If they'd differ, attacker can guess what fds exist by
> analyzing stat() return code.  Patched handlers: stat() for fd/*, stat()
> and read() for fdindo/*, readdir() and lookup() for fd/ and fdinfo/.
> v2 - Rebased to v3.1-rc3.
>    - Handle stat() case.
> CC: Stable Tree <>
> Signed-off-by: Vasiliy Kulikov <>
> ---
> @@ -2187,6 +2243,7 @@ static int proc_fd_permission(struct inode *inode, int mask)
>  /*
>   * proc directories can do almost nothing..
>   */
> +
>  static const struct inode_operations proc_fd_inode_operations = {
>  	.lookup		= proc_lookupfd,
>  	.permission	= proc_fd_permission,

Oops, odd blank line.  Andrew, should I resend the patch to fix it?


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