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Re: /proc filesystem allows bypassing directory permissions on Linux
From: CaT <cat () zip com au>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:49:32 +1100

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 12:29:09AM +0300, Dan Yefimov wrote:
and testing them. Remember the scenario from the original mail and try 
finding a window, during which creating a hardlink would still work thus 
evading directory permissions check.

The main thing this does is allow a hardlink-like attack to work across
mountpoints afaics.

Instead of making hardlink you run something that keeps an fd open to the
file.

That said, I don't see how this is a vuln in /proc. Can you not have your
little program seek back to the beginning and re-read the file in order
to track changes?

You can't actually use /proc/*/fd to gain access to files opened by
processes you do not own. Only ones you do (at least in a mainline kernel)
which is fair enough. This means that you can't have user a open a file
owned by user b and then let user c have access to it via /proc/$pid/fd.

Or am I misreading/misunderstanding something? I've not tested all of the
above (no time). Just going off remembered experience.

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