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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6] pidns: introduce syscall translate_pid
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On 07/23/2018 01:55 PM, Michael Tirado wrote:
> Hey, I'm not seeing much activity on this so here's my $0.02
>
>> Unix socket automatically translates pid attached to SCM_CREDENTIALS.
>> This requires CAP_SYS_ADMIN for sending arbitrary pids and entering
>> into pid namespace, this expose process and could be insecure.
>
> Perhaps it would be a good idea to add a sysctl switch that prevents
> credential spoofing over AF_UNIX \by default\ if that is the main
> concern, or is there another concern and I have read this wrong? I'm
> having trouble thinking of a legitimate use of SCM_CREDENTIALS
> spoofing that isn't in a debugging or troubleshooting context and
> would be more comfortable if it were not possible at all... Anyone
> know of a program that relies on this spoofing functionality?
>
> If you look at socket(7) under SO_PEERCRED there is a way to get
> credentials at time of connect() for an AF_UNIX SOCK_STREAM, or at
> time of socketpair() for a SOCK_DGRAM. I would like to think these
> credentials are reliable, but will probably require some extra daemon
> to proxy a dgram syslog socket.

Thanks for the comments Michael! The usecase we are considering involves
non root monitor process be able to translate the process ID of other
non-root processes under same user within nested PID namespaces. With
SCM_CREDENTIALS method, we require open sockets and connections between
the processes which require PID translation and also CAP_SYS_ADMIN which
is higher than required privilege level for non-root monitor process.
The current patch solves this problem by enabling to open the related
procfs fd when required during PID translation. I believe almost
everyone agreed on this V6 patch but not sure why it is in limbo still.

Thanks,
Nagarathnam.

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