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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/1] mm/madvise: replace ptrace attach requirement for process_madvise
On Tue 12-01-21 09:51:24, Suren Baghdasaryan wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:45 AM Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> > On 01/12, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > >
> > > On Mon 11-01-21 09:06:22, Suren Baghdasaryan wrote:
> > >
> > > > What we want is the ability for one process to influence another process
> > > > in order to optimize performance across the entire system while leaving
> > > > the security boundary intact.
> > > > Replace PTRACE_MODE_ATTACH with a combination of PTRACE_MODE_READ
> > > > and CAP_SYS_NICE. PTRACE_MODE_READ to prevent leaking ASLR metadata
> > > > and CAP_SYS_NICE for influencing process performance.
> > >
> > > I have to say that ptrace modes are rather obscure to me. So I cannot
> > > really judge whether MODE_READ is sufficient. My understanding has
> > > always been that this is requred to RO access to the address space. But
> > > this operation clearly has a visible side effect. Do we have any actual
> > > documentation for the existing modes?
> > >
> > > I would be really curious to hear from Jann and Oleg (now Cced).
> >
> > Can't comment, sorry. I never understood these security checks and never tried.
> > IIUC only selinux/etc can treat ATTACH/READ differently and I have no idea what
> > is the difference.
>
> I haven't seen a written explanation on ptrace modes but when I
> consulted Jann his explanation was:
>
> PTRACE_MODE_READ means you can inspect metadata about processes with
> the specified domain, across UID boundaries.
> PTRACE_MODE_ATTACH means you can fully impersonate processes with the
> specified domain, across UID boundaries.

Maybe this would be a good start to document expectations. Some more
practical examples where the difference is visible would be great as
well.

> He did agree that in this case PTRACE_MODE_ATTACH seems too
> restrictive (we do not try to gain full control or impersonate a
> process) and PTRACE_MODE_READ is a better choice.

All that being said, I am not against the changed behavior but I do not
feel competent to give an ack.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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