Re: [RFC] add mount options to sysfs

From: Vasiliy Kulikov
Date: Wed May 18 2011 - 13:05:54 EST

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 09:39 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 08:31:44PM +0400, Vasiliy Kulikov wrote:
> > Currently there is no good way to effectively globally restrict an
> > access to sysfs files. It's possible only to chmod the sysfs'
> > root/directories to fully deny access to sysfs (sub-)tree to some users
> > or chmod files after they are created. The latter approach is racy,
> > however.
> Why do you want to do this? What is in sysfs files that is not
> gloabally ok to access? That should be fixed first, if at all, instead
> of wanting to modify the whole sysfs tree, right?

I don't hide the goal (I didn't find any other weird permissions, if
you mean this). It is primary about additional global controlable
layer of defining permission:

1) *IF* another sensitive file with weird permissions is found, mount
option is IMO the best temporary workaround.

2) Somebody might be worried about information leaks via world readable
files - not strict bugs, but leaks in sense of local policy. See numerous
discussions about hiding kernel addresses - there is no unified opinion
about it. Some admins would be happy with denying access to almost all
system information except some white list.

> > The patch introduces sysfs mount options parsing and adds 4 new options:
> > uid, gid, mode and umask. uid, gid, and umask are classical options,
> > mode is a global restricting mode mask that defined the most relaxed
> > possible file mode. E.g. if mode=0750 then "chmod 0664" changes file's
> > permissions to 0640.
> What is going to break if you do this? Have you tested it? I'd be very
> worried about this.

I've tested it on my laptop (I'm writing booted with this kernel). By
default nothing has changed (umask=0000, mode=0777). Mounting sysfs
with mode=0770 leads to the predictable state - no sysfs information is
available to nonroot, e.g. no ACPI battery state. umask is tested with
pluging a USB flash.

mode has one advantage over umask. It is temporary - "mount -o
remount,mode=0777" restores the initial state.

I'd want to implement similar options for debugfs.


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