Re: [RFC] Input: implement sysrq as an input handler

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Thu Apr 01 2010 - 09:48:27 EST


> > root isn't really a problem from a security PoV (well, maybe it is if the
> > operation isn't constrained by capabilities). SAK can't protect you from
> > root.
> >
> > _Normal_ userspace behaviour running a root process is a problem if it
> > blocks these handles, though, both for SAK and regular SysRQ. I have lost
> > count of how many times SysRQ+SUB delivered me from filesystem corruption
> > and very annoying problems, both at home and at work.
> >
> > We are sort of trusting userspace to not break the one way out from severly
> > hung systems while doing its normal day-to-day operations (as opposed to
> > deliberately disabling SysRQ or remapping SAK, etc).

If userspace disables sysrq during normal operation, that makes it

If normal user could do that, that's a security problem.

> > > That would require moving "these things", including their state
> > > machines, into input core otherwise it would not know what events can be
> > > trappable and which should be passed through. Or we should get rid of
> >
> > Maybe we can add a flags field to input devices and input handlers, to be
> > able to have the core behave differently when needed, without moving
> > everything into the input core? Would that work, or would it need too much
> > churn in the core?
> The problem is that device does not know what SysRq and especially SAK are.
> User can reassign key codes and key symbols easily.

That was not case in original implementation; it had hardcoded keymap.

> I don't think we had any issues like this since 2.5 so I would not worry
> about userspace too much. If anything we just need to review what stuff
> we run as root (we do that anyway, right?).

Hehe. If X can break sysrq, that's both X and sysrq problem.

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