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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:43:50 -0500 (EST)
From: cve-assign@...re.org
To: john.johansen@...onical.com
Cc: cve-assign@...re.org, oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: CVE Request: Linux kernel: privilege escalation in user namespaces

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Use CVE-2015-8709 for the issue fixed in the
https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/12/25/71 post.

(This is not yet available at
http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/log/kernel/ptrace.c
and http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=145118185526359 might be the
current end of the earlier discussion.)

This issue has been covered in security advisories from one or more
Linux distributions, e.g.,

>> http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-2847-1
>> 
>> Jann Horn discovered a ptrace issue with user namespaces in the Linux
>> kernel. The namespace owner could potentially exploit this flaw by ptracing
>> a root owned process entering the user namespace to elevate its privileges
>> and potentially gain access outside of the namespace.
>> (http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1527374)


There has been some discussion of whether the finding was a
vulnerability discovery, e.g.,

>>> Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:07:19 +0100
>>> From: Jann Horn <jann@...jh.net>
>>> 
>>> I'm not sure whether this is CVE-worthy - the user_namespaces
>>> manpage says "the process has full privileges for operations
>>> inside the user namespace, but is unprivileged for operations
>>> outside the namespace". ptrace()ing a process in the
>>> namespace can reasonably be considered an "operation inside
>>> the user namespace" ...
>>> 
>>> In my opinion, this patch is somewhere between hardening and
>>> a security feature, but I wouldn't really call it a vuln fix.


>>>> Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 23:54:03 +0000
>>>> From: Serge Hallyn <serge.hallyn@...ntu.com>
>>>> 
>>>>> ptrace()ing a process in the
>>>>> namespace can reasonably be considered an "operation inside
>>>>> the user namespace"
>>>> 
>>>> Except by creating a file in the host namespace, you were, as
>>>> root in the container, able to escape your namespace, right?

We feel that, more generally, the usn-2847-1 mention of "and
potentially gain access outside of the namespace" is a realistic
concern.

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CVE assignment team, MITRE CVE Numbering Authority
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202 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730 USA
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