Re: [PATCH 3/7] vfs: Add a mount-notification facility

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Wed May 29 2019 - 13:17:34 EST

> On May 29, 2019, at 8:53 AM, Casey Schaufler <casey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 5/29/2019 4:00 AM, David Howells wrote:
>> Jann Horn <jannh@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> +void post_mount_notification(struct mount *changed,
>>>> + struct mount_notification *notify)
>>>> +{
>>>> + const struct cred *cred = current_cred();
>>> This current_cred() looks bogus to me. Can't mount topology changes
>>> come from all sorts of places? For example, umount_mnt() from
>>> umount_tree() from dissolve_on_fput() from __fput(), which could
>>> happen pretty much anywhere depending on where the last reference gets
>>> dropped?
>> IIRC, that's what Casey argued is the right thing to do from a security PoV.
>> Casey?
> You need to identify the credential of the subject that triggered
> the event. If it isn't current_cred(), the cred needs to be passed
> in to post_mount_notification(), or derived by some other means.

Taking a step back, why do we care who triggered the event? It seems to me that we should care whether the event happened and whether the *receiver* is permitted to know that.

(And receiver means whoever subscribed, presumably, not whoever called read() or mmap().)