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SubjectRe: Bugs involving maliciously crafted file system
On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 1:42 PM Dave Chinner <> wrote:
> We've learnt this lesson the hard way over and over again: don't
> parse untrusted input in privileged contexts. How many times do we
> have to make the same mistakes before people start to learn from
> them?

You're not wrong, but we haven't considered root to be fundamentally
trustworthy for years - there are multiple kernel features that can be
configured such that root is no longer able to do certain things (the
one-way trap for requiring module signatures is the most obvious, but
IMA in appraisal mode will also restrict root), and as a result it's
not reasonable to be worried only about users - it's also necessary to
prevent root form being able to deliberately mount a filesystem that
results in arbitrary code execution in the kernel.

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