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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 3/6] seccomp: add a way to get a listener fd from ptrace
On Mon, Oct 08, 2018 at 12:00:43PM -0600, Tycho Andersen wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 08, 2018 at 05:16:30PM +0200, Christian Brauner wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 09:11:16AM -0600, Tycho Andersen wrote:
> > > As an alternative to SECCOMP_FILTER_FLAG_GET_LISTENER, perhaps a ptrace()
> > > version which can acquire filters is useful. There are at least two reasons
> > > this is preferable, even though it uses ptrace:
> > >
> > > 1. You can control tasks that aren't cooperating with you
> > > 2. You can control tasks whose filters block sendmsg() and socket(); if the
> > > task installs a filter which blocks these calls, there's no way with
> > > SECCOMP_FILTER_FLAG_GET_LISTENER to get the fd out to the privileged task.
> >
> > So for the slow of mind aka me:
> > I'm not sure I completely understand this problem. Can you outline how
> > sendmsg() and socket() are involved in this?
> >
> > I'm also not sure that this holds (but I might misunderstand the
> > problem) afaict, you could do try to get the fd out via CLONE_FILES and
> > other means so something like:
> >
> > // let's pretend the libc wrapper for clone actually has sane semantics
> > pid = clone(CLONE_FILES);
> > if (pid == 0) {
> >
> > // Now this fd will be valid in both parent and child.
> > // If you haven't blocked it you can inform the parent what
> > // the fd number is via pipe2(). If you have blocked it you can
> > // use dup2() and dup to a known fd number.
> > }
> But what if your seccomp filter wants to block both pipe2() and
> dup2()? Whatever syscall you want to use to do this could be blocked

(Fwiw, setup shared memory before the clone(CLONE_FILES) and write the
fd in the shared memory. :))

> by some seccomp policy, which means you might not be able to use this
> feature in some cases.

> Perhaps it's unlikely, and we can just go forward knowing this. But it
> seems like it is worth at least acknowledging that you can wedge
> yourself into a corner.

Sure, if you try really really hard to shoot yourself in the foot you'll
always be able to. From the top of my hat I'd say you can at least
probably filter the seccomp() syscall with the listener argument. Once
you've loaded the policy you're out of luck.
You also might be seccomp confided and not be able to use the ptrace()
syscall. AppArmor might prevent you from using ptrace()ing etc. pp.

So I think we really want both ways but the seccomp interface is way
cleaner. To get the fd from ptrace() you need three syscalls. With
seccomp() you need one.

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