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Subject[REGRESSION v4.16-rc6] [PATCH] mqueue: forbid unprivileged user access to internal mount
Hi all,

Felix reported weird behaviour on 4.16.0-rc6 with regards to mqueue[1],
which was introduced by 36735a6a2b5e ("mqueue: switch to on-demand
creation of internal mount").

Basically, the reproducer boils down to being able to mount mqueue if
you create a new user namespace, even if you don't unshare the IPC

Previously this was not possible, and you would get an -EPERM. The mount
is the *host* mqueue mount, which is being cached and just returned from
mqueue_mount(). To be honest, I'm not sure if this is safe or not (or if
it was intentional -- since I'm not familiar with mqueue).

To me it looks like there is a missing permission check. I've included a
patch below that I've compile-tested, and should block the above case.
Can someone please tell me if I'm missing something? Is this actually



Fix a regression caused by 36735a6a2b5e ("mqueue: switch to on-demand
creation of internal mount"), where an unprivileged user is permitted to
mount mqueue even if they don't have CAP_SYS_ADMIN in the ipcns's
associated userns. This can be reproduced as in the following.

% unshare -Urm # ipc isn't unshare'd
# mount -t mqueue mqueue /dev/mqueue # should have failed
# echo $?

Previously the above would error out with an -EPERM, as the mount was
protected by mount_ns(), but the patch in question switched to
kern_mount_data() which doesn't do this necessary permission check. So
add it explicitly to mq_internal_mount().

Fixes: 36735a6a2b5e ("mqueue: switch to on-demand creation of internal mount")
Reported-by: Felix Abecassis <>
Signed-off-by: Aleksa Sarai <>
ipc/mqueue.c | 6 ++++++
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/ipc/mqueue.c b/ipc/mqueue.c
index d7f309f74dec..ddb85091398d 100644
--- a/ipc/mqueue.c
+++ b/ipc/mqueue.c
@@ -353,6 +353,12 @@ static struct vfsmount *mq_internal_mount(void)
struct ipc_namespace *ns = current->nsproxy->ipc_ns;
struct vfsmount *m = ns->mq_mnt;
+ /*
+ * Match the semantics of mount_ns, to avoid unprivileged users from being
+ * able to mount mqueue from an IPC namespace they don't have ownership of.
+ */
+ if (!ns_capable(ns->user_ns, CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
+ return ERR_PTR(-EPERM);
if (m)
return m;
m = kern_mount_data(&mqueue_fs_type, ns);
Aleksa Sarai
Senior Software Engineer (Containers)
SUSE Linux GmbH
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