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Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:57:54 +0400
From: Vasiliy Kulikov <>
	Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Cyrill Gorcunov <>, Al Viro <>,
	Christoph Lameter <>,
	Pekka Enberg <>, Matt Mackall <>,
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 1/2] proc: force dcache drop on unauthorized access

Hello Andrew,

On Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 20:40 +0400, Vasiliy Kulikov wrote:
> The patch "proc: fix races against execve() of /proc/PID/fd**" is still
> a partial fix for a setxid problem.  link(2) is a yet another way to
> identify whether a specific fd is opened by a privileged process.  By
> calling link(2) against /proc/PID/fd/* an attacker may identify whether
> the fd number is valid for PID by analysing link(2) return code.
> Both getattr() and link() can be used by the attacker iff the dentry is
> present in the dcache.  In this case ->lookup() is not called and the
> only way to check ptrace permissions is either operation handler or
> ->revalidate().  The easiest solution to prevent any unauthorized access
> to /proc/PID/fd*/ files is to force the dentry drop on each unauthorized
> access attempt.
> If an attacker keeps opened fd of /proc/PID/fd/ and dcache contains
> a specific dentry for some /proc/PID/fd/XXX, any future attemp to use the
> dentry by the attacker would lead to the dentry drop as a result of a
> failed ptrace check in ->revalidate().  Then the attacker cannot spawn a
> dentry for the specific fd number because of ptrace check in ->lookup().
> The dentry drop can be still observed by an attacker by analysing
> information from /proc/slabinfo, which is addressed in the successive
> patch.

After (almost) everybody agreed that closing slabinfo and similar is
a good thing, should I resend these 2 patches (/proc/PID/fd and
slabinfo) with sysfs addition or you'll take these patches and I'll send
sysfs patch after them?


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