Re: [PATCH 1/2] fs: Check f_cred instead of current's creds in should_remove_suid()

From: Ben Hutchings
Date: Wed Jan 25 2017 - 16:45:05 EST

On Wed, 2017-01-25 at 13:06 -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> If an unprivileged program opens a setgid file for write and passes
> the fd to a privileged program and the privileged program writes to
> it, we currently fail to clear the setgid bit.ÂÂFix it by checking
> f_cred instead of current's creds whenever a struct file is
> involved.

What if, instead, a privileged program passes the fd to an un
unprivileged program? It sounds like a bad idea to start with, but at
least currently the unprivileged program is going to clear the setgid
bit when it writes. This change would make that behaviour more

Perhaps there should be a capability check on both the current
credentials and file credentials? (I realise that we've considered
file credential checks to be sufficient elsewhere, but those cases
involved virtual files with special semantics, where it's clearer that
a privileged process should not pass them to an unprivileged process.)


Ben Hutchings
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