Re: [PATCH 12/18] shared mount handling: bind and rbind

From: Shaya Potter
Date: Wed Nov 16 2005 - 09:00:46 EST

On Wed, 2005-11-16 at 09:19 +0100, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > > This is why we have "pivot_root()" and "chroot()", which can both be used
> > > to do what you want to do. You mount the new root somewhere else, and then
> > > you chroot (or pivot-root) to it. And THEN you do 'chdir("/")' to move the
> > > cwd into the new root too (and only at that point have you "lost" the old
> > > root - although you can actually get it back if you have some file
> > > descriptor open to it).
> >
> > Wouldn't this constitute a security flaw?
> >
> > Shouldn't chroot jail you?
> No, chroot should just change the root.
> If you don't want to be able to get back the old root, just close all
> file descriptors _in addition_ to chroot() and chdir().

hah. As long as you're running as root, chroot() again to a directory
below you, and you effectively broken the chroot and can make a relative
path to the old root. :)

I created a patch years ago that creates a chain of "chroot" points, and
any past chroot point would be considered a place that follow_dotdot
would consider a root. There didn't seem much interest in the patch

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