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SubjectRe: SO_PEERCRED and pidfd
Simon Ser <> writes:

> Hi all,
> I'm a Wayland developer and I've been working on protocol security,
> which involves identifying the process on the other end of a Unix
> socket [1]. This is already done by e.g. D-Bus via the PID, however
> this is racy [2].
> Getting the PID is done via SO_PEERCRED. Would there be interest in
> adding a way to get a pidfd out of a Unix socket to fix the race?

I think we are passing a struct pid through the socket metadata.
So it should be technically feasible.

However it does come with some long term mainteance costs.

The big question is what is a pid being used for when being passed.
Last I looked most of the justifications for using metadata like that
with unix domain sockets led to patterns of trust that were also

Looking at the proposale in [1] even if you have race free access
to /proc/<pid>/exe using pidfds it is possible to change /proc/<pid>/exe
to be anything you can map so that seems to be an example of a problem.

So it would be very nice to see a use case spelled out where
the pid reuse race mattered, and that trusting a pid makes sense.

I have to dash but I will think about this and see if I can give a
concrete example of using a capability model. Other than the current
one that works (handing out trusted sockets at the logical beginning of
time). Though frankly I am not certain there is anything much better
than that.


> Thanks,
> Simon Ser
> [1]:
> [2]:

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