On a Wednesday in 2020, Daniel P. Berrangé wrote:
The systemd .socket unit files we ship for libvirt daemons use SocketMode=0666 on the assumption that libvirt is built with polkit which provides access control. Some people, however, may have explicitly turned off polkit at build time and not realize that leaves them insecure unless they also change the SocketMode. This addresses that problem by making the SocketMode default to 0600 when polkit is disabled at compile time. Note we cannot automatically fix the case where the user compiles polkit, but then overrides the libvirtd.conf defaults to disable polkit. This is what lead to CVE-2020-15708 in Ubuntu 20.10. We can at least improve the inline comments in the config file to give a clearer warning though, which may have helped avoid the mistaken config. Signed-off-by: Daniel P. Berrangé <berrange redhat com> --- src/meson.build | 11 ++++++++++ src/remote/libvirtd.conf.in | 40 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------- src/remote/libvirtd.socket.in | 2 +- 3 files changed, 42 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-) diff --git a/src/meson.build b/src/meson.build index 5d8deaf548..897b5ecbca 100644 --- a/src/meson.build +++ b/src/meson.build @@ -713,6 +713,12 @@ foreach data : virt_daemon_confs daemon_conf.set('DAEMON_NAME_UC', name_uc) # to silence meson warning about missing 'CONFIG' in the configuration_data daemon_conf.set('CONFIG', '@CONFIG@') + if conf.has('WITH_POLKIT') + daemon_conf.set('default_auth', 'polkit') + else + daemon_conf.set('default_auth', 'none') + endif + if data.get('with_ip', false) conf_in = libvirtd_conf_tmp @@ -792,6 +798,11 @@ if conf.has('WITH_LIBVIRTD') unit_conf.set('service', unit['service']) unit_conf.set('sockprefix', unit['sockprefix']) unit_conf.set('deps', unit.get('deps', '')) + if conf.has('WITH_POLKIT') + unit_conf.set('mode', '0666') + else + unit_conf.set('mode', '0600') + endif configure_file( input: unit['service_in'], diff --git a/src/remote/libvirtd.conf.in b/src/remote/libvirtd.conf.in index 2607fbad86..ae6207bf54 100644 --- a/src/remote/libvirtd.conf.in +++ b/src/remote/libvirtd.conf.in @@ -127,6 +127,8 @@ # # Authentication. # +# There are the following choices available: +# # - none: do not perform auth checks. If you can connect to the # socket you are allowed. This is suitable if there are # restrictions on connecting to the socket (eg, UNIX @@ -144,21 +146,39 @@ # full read/write access (aka sudo like), while anyone # is allowed read/only access. # + # Set an authentication scheme for UNIX read-only sockets +# # By default socket permissions allow anyone to connect # -# To restrict monitoring of domains you may wish to enable -# an authentication mechanism here -#auth_unix_ro = "none" +# If libvirt was compiled without support for 'polkit', then +# no access control checks are done, but libvirt still only +# allows execution of APIs which don't change state. +# +# If libvirt was compiled with support for 'polkit', then +# the libvirt socket will perform a check with polkit after +# connections. The default policy still allows any local +# user access. +# +# To restrict monitoring of domains you may wish to either +# enable 'sasl' here, or change the polkit policy definition. +#auth_unix_ro = "@default_auth@"
This change affects the augeas tests which will need some special treatment: https://gitlab.com/libvirt/libvirt/-/jobs/717784534#L2306 Jano
-# Set an authentication scheme for UNIX read-write sockets -# By default socket permissions only allow root. If PolicyKit -# support was compiled into libvirt, the default will be to -# use 'polkit' auth. +# Set an authentication scheme for UNIX read-write sockets. +# +# If libvirt was compiled without support for 'polkit', then +# the systemd .socket files will use SocketMode=0600 by default +# thus only allowing root user to connect, and 'auth_unix_rw' +# will default to 'none'. +# +# If libvirt was compiled with support for 'polkit', then +# the systemd .socket files will use SocketMode=0666 which +# allows any user to connect and 'auth_iunix_rw' will default +# to 'polkit'. If you disable use of 'polkit' here, then it +# is essential to change the systemd SocketMode parameter +# back to 0600, to avoid an insecure configuration. # -# If the unix_sock_rw_perms are changed you may wish to enable -# an authentication mechanism here -#auth_unix_rw = "none" +#auth_unix_rw = "@default_auth@" @CUT_ENABLE_IP@ # Change the authentication scheme for TCP sockets.
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