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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4] Add a "nosymfollow" mount option.
On 2020-02-03, Ross Zwisler <> wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 01, 2020 at 05:27:44PM +1100, Aleksa Sarai wrote:
> > On 2020-01-31, Ross Zwisler <> wrote:
> > > On Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 12:51:34PM +1100, Aleksa Sarai wrote:
> > > If noxdev would involve a pathname traversal to make sure you don't ever leave
> > > mounts with noxdev set, I think this could potentially cover the use cases I'm
> > > worried about. This would restrict symlink traversal to files within the same
> > > filesystem, and would restrict traversal to both normal and bind mounts from
> > > within the restricted filesystem, correct?
> >
> > Yes, but it would have to block all mountpoint crossings including
> > bind-mounts, because the obvious way of checking for mountpoint
> > crossings (vfsmount comparisons) results in bind-mounts being seen as
> > different mounts. This is how LOOKUP_NO_XDEV works. Would this be a
> > show-stopped for ChromeOS?
> >
> > I personally find "noxdev" to be a semantically clearer statement of
> > intention ("I don't want any lookup that reaches this mount-point to
> > leave") than "nosymfollow" (though to be fair, this is closer in
> > semantics to the other "no*" mount flags). But after looking at [1] and
> > thinking about it for a bit, I don't really have a problem with either
> > solution.
> For ChromeOS we want to protect data both on user-provided filesystems (i.e.
> USB attached drives and the like) as well as on our "stateful" partition.
> The noxdev mount option would resolve our concerns for user-provided
> filesystems, but I don't think that we would be able to use it for stateful
> because symlinks on stateful that point elsewhere within stable are still a
> security risk. There is more explanation on why this is the case in [1].
> Thank you for linking to that, by the way.
> I think our security concerns around both use cases, user-provided filesystems
> and the stateful partition, can be resolved in ChromeOS with the nosymfollow
> mount flag. Based on that, my current preference is for the 'nosymfollow'
> mount flag.

Fair enough. I can work on and send "noxdev" separately -- I only
brought it up because the attack scenarios (and connection to openat2)
are both fairly similar.

Aleksa Sarai
Senior Software Engineer (Containers)
SUSE Linux GmbH
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