Re: [Question] Should `CAP_NET_ADMIN` be needed when opening `/dev/ppp`?
From: Richard Weinberger
Date: Tue May 03 2016 - 06:35:19 EST
On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:12 PM, Guillaume Nault <g.nault@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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.
I think the question is whether we really require having CAP_NET_ADMIN
in the initial namespace and not just in the current one.
Is ppp not network namespace aware?