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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 2/2] signal: add procfd_signal() syscall
On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 1:37 PM Christian Brauner <christian@brauner.io> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 01:26:22PM -0800, Daniel Colascione wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 1:21 PM, Christian Brauner <christian@brauner.io> wrote:
> > > That can be done without a loop by comparing the level counter for the
> > > two pid namespaces.
> > >
> > >>
> > >> And you can rewrite pidns_get_parent to use it. So you would instead be
> > >> doing:
> > >>
> > >> if (pidns_is_descendant(proc_pid_ns, task_active_pid_ns(current)))
> > >> return -EPERM;
> > >>
> > >> (Or you can just copy the 5-line loop into procfd_signal -- though I
> > >> imagine we'll need this for all of the procfd_* APIs.)
> >
> > Why is any of this even necessary? Why does the child namespace we're
> > considering even have a file descriptor to its ancestor's procfs? If
>
> Because you can send file descriptors between processes and container
> runtimes tend to do that.

Right. But why *would* a container runtime send one of these procfs
FDs to a container?

> > it has one of these FDs, it can already *read* all sorts of
> > information it really shouldn't be able to acquire, so the additional
> > ability to send a signal (subject to the usual permission checks)
> > feels like sticking a finger in a dike that's already well-perforated.
> > IMHO, we shouldn't bother with this check. The patch would be simpler
> > without it.
>
> We will definitely not allow signaling processes in an ancestor pid
> namespace! That is a security issue! I can imagine container runtimes
> killing their monitoring process etc. pp. Not happening, unless someone
> with deep expertise in signals can convince me otherwise.

If parent namespace procfs FDs or mounts really can leak into child
namespaces as easily as Aleksa says, then I don't mind adding the
check. I was under the impression that if you find yourself in this
situation, you already have a big problem.

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