Re: [RFC PATCH v1 4/4] firmware loader: don't allow to request firmware via relative path

From: Takashi Iwai
Date: Fri Jun 07 2013 - 02:03:59 EST

At Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:30:09 +0800,
Ming Lei wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 3:48 AM, Greg Kroah-Hartman
> <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 08:01:50PM +0800, Ming Lei wrote:
> >> It isn't a good pratice to request firmware via relative path, also
> >> might have security issue, so don't do it.
> >
> > What would the security issue be? You are letting the person who build
> > the kernel specify this, so they can put whatever they want in here, a
> > '..' isn't going to keep them from being able to do "bad" things if they
> > really want to.
> In VM case, guest kernel might access host filesystem files via this trick,
> but not sure if it is possible.
> Takashi, could you explain the security issue of relative path?

Well, I don't know, too. My original question was what happens if you
pass a relative path to firmware_class.fw_path_para module option
(or the new kconfig)...

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at