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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 0/1] mount: universally disallow mounting over symlinks
On Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 08:07:19AM +1100, Aleksa Sarai wrote:

> If I'm understanding this proposal correctly, this would be a problem
> for the libpathrs use-case -- if this is done then there's no way to
> avoid a TOCTOU with someone mounting and the userspace program checking
> whether something is a mountpoint (unless you have Linux >5.6 and
> RESOLVE_NO_XDEV). Today, you can (in theory) do it with MNT_EXPIRE:
>
> 1. Open the candidate directory.
> 2. umount2(MNT_EXPIRE) the fd.
> * -EINVAL means it wasn't a mountpoint when we got the fd, and the
> fd is a stable handle to the underlying directory.
> * -EAGAIN or -EBUSY means that it was a mountpoint or became a
> mountpoint after the fd was opened (we don't care about that, but
> fail-safe is better here).
> 3. Use the fd from (1) for all operations.

... except that foo/../bar *WILL* cross into the covering mount, on any
kernel that supports ...at(2) at all, so I would be very cautious about
any kind "hardening" claims in that case.

I'm not sure about Linus' proposal - it looks rather convoluted and we
get a hard to describe twist of semantics in an area (procfs symlinks
vs. mount traversal) on top of everything else in there...

Anyway, a couple of questions:

1) do you see any problems on your testcases with the current #fixes?
That's commit 7a955b7363b8 as branch tip.

2) do you have any updates you would like to fold into stuff in
#work.openat2? Right now I have a local variant of #work.namei (with
fairly cosmetical change compared to vfs.git one) that merges clean
with #work.openat2; I would like to do any updates/fold-ins/etc.
of #work.openat2 *before* doing a merge and continuing to work on
top of the merge results...

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