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Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:07:03 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: libdbus hardening

On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 03:58:46PM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
> On 07/10/2012 03:43 PM, Solar Designer wrote:
> >We already have __secure_getenv() in glibc, which I think is what
> >libraries like this should be using on systems with glibc.
> Sebastian's patches also include a check on prctl(PR_GET_DUMPABLE).  I'm 
> not sure if the libc approach (compare effective and real UIDs/GIDs on 
> process start and base process environment trust decisions on that) is 
> equivalent.

glibc also uses AT_SECURE.

PR_GET_DUMPABLE catches the extra case of a process that started e.g. as
root and has since switched creds, but do we actually want to restrict
processing of env vars in that case?  Perhaps not, and so AT_SECURE is
more appropriate.


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