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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 0/8] SECURITY ISSUE with connector



On Fri, Oct 02, 2009 at 05:54:12PM +0200, Philipp Reisner wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 02, 2009 at 02:40:03PM +0200, Philipp Reisner wrote:
> > > Affected: All code that uses connector, in kernel and out of mainline
> > >
> > > The connector, as it is today, does not allow the in kernel receiving
> > > parts to do any checks on privileges of a message's sender.
> >
> > So, assume I know nothing about the connector architecture, what does
> > this mean in a security context?
> >
> 
> Think of the connector as a layer on top of netlink that allows more
> than a hard coded number of subsystems to use netlink.
> 
> Netlink is used e.g. to modify routing tables in the kernel.
> 
> As it is today, subsystem utilising the connector can not examine
> the capabilities of the user/program that sent the netlink message.
> 
> If the same would be true for netlink, than every unprivileged user
> could change the routing tables on your box.
> 
> > > I know, there are not many out there that like connector, but as
> > > long as it is in the kernel, we have to fix the security issues it has!
> >
> > And what specifically are the security issues?
> >
> 
> unprivileged users can trigger operations that are supposed to be only
> accessible to users having CAP_SYS_ADMIN (or some other CAP_XXX)

Ok, but it doesn't look like there are that many connector operations
right now, right?

Anyway, I have no objection to the patches, and figure they should go
through David's network tree.

thanks,

greg k-h


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