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Subject[PATCH v5 06/10] trace/bpf_trace: open access for CAP_PERFMON privileged process

Open access to bpf_trace monitoring for CAP_PERFMON privileged processes.
For backward compatibility reasons access to bpf_trace monitoring remains
open for CAP_SYS_ADMIN privileged processes but CAP_SYS_ADMIN usage for
secure bpf_trace monitoring is discouraged with respect to CAP_PERFMON
capability. Providing the access under CAP_PERFMON capability singly,
without the rest of CAP_SYS_ADMIN credentials, excludes chances to misuse
the credentials and makes operations more secure.

Signed-off-by: Alexey Budankov <>
kernel/trace/bpf_trace.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/trace/bpf_trace.c b/kernel/trace/bpf_trace.c
index e5ef4ae9edb5..334f1d71ebb1 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/bpf_trace.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/bpf_trace.c
@@ -1395,7 +1395,7 @@ int perf_event_query_prog_array(struct perf_event *event, void __user *info)
u32 *ids, prog_cnt, ids_len;
int ret;

- if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
+ if (!perfmon_capable())
return -EPERM;
if (event->attr.type != PERF_TYPE_TRACEPOINT)
return -EINVAL;
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