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Re: Fedora 11: moving to posix file capabilities?

On Wed, 29 Oct 2008, Steve Grubb wrote:

On Wednesday 29 October 2008 06:37:32 Panu Matilainen wrote:
We have kernel support for storing capabilities on filesystem since 2.6.24
and recent libcap, both in F9 already.

And we have also been busy updating everything else to support this:


Ah, thanks for the pointer.

I just committed file capability support to rpm.org HEAD, filling in the
final(?) missing piece. Capability support is not going to be in rpm 4.6.0
but no reason they can't be pulled into 4.6.1 which is easily in F11

We tried to support this in F-10 by having a test run with ping. We figured
that is a simple well defined app that could be used as a test subject. We
opened bz 455713 to document the change over. Turns out that people compile
their own kernels and do not necessarily turn this on. So, what do we do in
that case?

People compiling their own kernels can hose their systems more dramatically than this...

Are we ready to start considering moving away from SUID bits to
capabilities, in Fedora 11 maybe?

We tried and got turned back. How does rpm work on kernels that do not support
file capabilities? I'd like to see us get past the initial objections so that
we can start removing some of the setuid bits.

Right now, installation of a package using capabilities will fail entirely if kernel/filesystem doesn't support setting capabilities. Packages with capabilities in them require rpmlib(FileCaps) feature, which rpm currently provides if built with libcap support. It could (and probably should, anyway) be made into a run-time tested feature, so that you'll get something like this if running on kernel with no capability support:

error: Failed dependencies:
	rpmlib(FileCaps) <= 4.6.1-1 is needed by ...

	- Panu -

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