Re: [Question] Should `CAP_NET_ADMIN` be needed when opening `/dev/ppp`?

From: Guillaume Nault
Date: Tue May 03 2016 - 06:18:10 EST

On Sun, May 01, 2016 at 09:38:57PM +0800, Wang Shanker wrote:
> static int ppp_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
> {
> /*
> * This could (should?) be enforced by the permissions on /dev/ppp.
> */
> if (!capable(CAP_NET_ADMIN))
> return -EPERM;
> return 0;
> }
> ```
> I wonder why CAP_NET_ADMIN is needed here, rather than leaving it to the
> permission of the device node. If there is no need, I suggest that the
> CAP_NET_ADMIN check be removed.
If this test was removed here, then it'd have to be added again in the
PPPIOCNEWUNIT ioctl, at the very least, because creating a netdevice
should require CAP_NET_ADMIN. Therefore that wouldn't help for your
I don't know why the test was placed in ppp_open() in the first place,
but changing it now would have side effects on user space. So I'd
rather leave the code as is.