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Re: Lower Process Capabilities

On Monday 27 July 2009 09:11:33 am Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> Quoting Steve Grubb (sgrubb redhat com):
> > On Sunday 26 July 2009 08:54:26 pm Steve Grubb wrote:
> > > > I trust you meant to write 0555?
> > >
> > > No, I really mean 005 so that root daemons are using public
> > > permissions. Admins of course have DAC_OVERRIDE and can do anything.
> > > Try the script in a VM and tell me if there are any problems you see.
> >
> > I should elaborate more. The issue is that sometimes there are secrets
> > that root admins have access to that should not be available to
> > semi-trusted daemons. For example, any private keys in /root or /etc. You
> > do not want any daemon that could be compromised to have access to these.
> > So, its safest just to set the permissions to 0005 so that they have no
> > access to /root.
> But 0555 will also prevent root without CAP_DAC_OVERRIDE from writing, no?

True. After some thought, I guess most secrets that a partially trusted root 
daemon may attempt to access would be in /root, /etc, /var, and /home. Perhaps 
those are the ones that need the extra tight permissions?

> Using 0005 will mean root also needs CAP_DAC_OVERRIDE to read/execute,
> which seems a bit much.  Suddenly it needs extra privilege if i just want
> it to be able to execute /bin/date.  That actually seems less secure in any
> real system.

# ls -l /bin/date 
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 69296 2009-03-02 08:57 /bin/date

The file is 0755 and therefore is executable by anyone. DAC_OVERRIDE is not 
needed for anything but writing to the file as in "yum update".


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