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Re: Ответ: VFS, NFS security bug? Should CAP_MKNOD and CAP_LINUX_IMMUTABLE be added to CAP_FS_MASK?

From: Stephen Smalley <sds_at_nospam>
Date: Wed Mar 18 2009 - 16:21:27 GMT
To: "Serge E. Hallyn" <>

On Tue, 2009-03-17 at 13:23 -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> But in cap_inode_setxattr, any security.* xattrs are controlled by
> CAP_SYS_ADMIN. So do you think that this should be changed to a
> CAP_XATTR_SECURITY capability which can be added to CAP_FS_MASK?

I think that would be preferable to CAP_SYS_ADMIN, yes.

> Or do you think it's ok that fsuid=0 does not allow you to set
> security.selinux (or security.SMACK64, etc) xattrs when selinux is
> not compiled in?

Just to be clear, at present fsuid is irrelevant to setting the security.* xattrs since it doesn't affect the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability at all, so it all depends on the initial capability state prior to using setfsuid(), typically the full capability set.

> (You may have already answered this with your EOPNOTSUPP comment, but
> I want to make sure I understand right)
> > > Does anyone know what the trusted xattrs are used for?
> >
> > Not beyond what attr(5) says about them.
> Well, if attr(5) says CAP_SYS_ADMIN being needed is the very
> thing that defines these xattrs, then changing that seems a
> bigger deal. That really does seem akin to changing kernel-user
> API.
Perhaps, although it isn't clear that this API is in use by anyone or in use in a way that would actually distinguish based on individual capability.

But if you were to add CAP_SYS_ADMIN to CAP_FS_MASK in order to ensure that setfsuid() does in fact affect all filesystem accesses, how much meaningful difference remains between fsuid==0 and euid==0? It obviously takes you far afield of only affecting filesystem accesses. -- Stephen Smalley National Security Agency -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-security-module" in the body of a message to More majordomo info at