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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] fs: Treat foreign mounts as nosuid
On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 04:54:47PM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> If a process gets access to a mount from a different namespace user
> namespace, that process should not be able to take advantage of
> setuid files or selinux entrypoints from that filesystem.
> Technically, trusting mounts created by the same or ancestor user
> namespaces ought to be safe, but it's simpler to distrust all
> foreign mounts.
> This will make it safer to allow more complex filesystems to be
> mounted in non-root user namespaces.
> This does not remove the need for MNT_LOCK_NOSUID. The setuid,
> setgid, and file capability bits can no longer be abused if code in
> a user namespace were to clear nosuid on an untrusted filesystem,
> but this patch, by itself, is insufficient to protect the system
> from abuse of files that, when execed, would increase MAC privilege.
> As a more concrete explanation, any task that can manipulate a
> vfsmount associated with a given user namespace already has
> capabilities in that namespace and all of its descendents. If they
> can cause a malicious setuid, setgid, or file-caps executable to
> appear in that mount, then that executable will only allow them to
> elevate privileges in exactly the set of namespaces in which they
> are already privileges.
> On the other hand, if they can cause a malicious executable to
> appear with a dangerous MAC label, running it could change the
> caller's security context in a way that should not have been
> possible, even inside the namespace in which the task is confined.
> As a hardening measure, this would have made CVE-2014-5207 much
> more difficult to exploit.
> Signed-off-by: Andy Lutomirski <>

Now that I'm back from plumbers I've finally had a chance to play around
with this and it seems to be working as expected. I'll be considering
this patch a prerequisite for the next round of fuse userns patches.

Acked-by: Seth Forshee <>

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