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Possible security issue with FreeBSD 5.4 jailing and BPF
From: ronvdaal <ronvdaal () zarathustra linux666 com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 23:53:29 +0200 (CEST)

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While playing around with FreeBSD 5.4 and jailing I discovered that it was
possible to put an ethernet interface into promiscious mode from within the
jailed environment, allowing a packetsniffer to gather data not meant for
the jailed box. This also affects FreeBSD 5.3 (tested) but not FreeBSD 4.x This can be reproduced on boxes where BPF support is enabled in the kernel and a BPF device is available in the jail (badly configured devfs/no rules)

The problem lies within the FreeBSD 5.x BPF kernel code:

"The Berkeley Packet Filter provides a raw interface to data link layers
in a protocol independent fashion. The function bpfopen() opens an Ethernet device. There is a conditional which disallows any jailed processes from accessing this function."

This conditional was present in the 4.x series kernels but is missing
in 5.x and thus allowing free access to bpfopen() from within a jailed environment. I think this is related to the changed jailing code between
these kernels. I don't believe this has been left out on purpose in favor
of devfs rulesets (...) If not, I'd like to have some comments on this.


jail# uname -a
FreeBSD jail 5.4-RELEASE FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE #0: Sun May 8 10:21:06 UTC 2005 root () harlow cse buffalo edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC i386

The ethernet interface of the host (parent) is not in promiscious mode.
The interface of the jailed environment isn't in promiscious mode either:

jail# ifconfig | grep fxp0

Now starting tcpdump in the jail:

jail# tcpdump -i fxp0
tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
listening on fxp0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 96 bytes

Checking the interface again within the jail:

jail# ifconfig | grep fxp0

The interface is running in promiscious mode.

The host environment shows that the tcpdump process runs in a jail:

root () nietzsche# ps aux|grep tcpdump
root 50551 0.0 0.9 3784 2248 p4 S+J 8:37PM 0:00.04 tcpdump - -i fxp0

The P_JAILED flag is set.


Usage of devfs rulesets is highly recommended as stated in the manpages.
Though a misconfiguration at this point would expose a big security issue.
The question is: should bpfopen() in bpf.c check for a jailed proc or not?


Ron van Daal
Version: GnuPG v1.2.6 (FreeBSD)


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