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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1] fs: Fix inconsistent f_mode
On 3/9/22 13:31, Paul Moore wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 5:15 AM Mickaël Salaün <> wrote:
>> On 01/03/2022 10:22, Christian Brauner wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 10:59:35PM +0100, Mickaël Salaün wrote:
>>>> From: Mickaël Salaün <>
>>>> While transitionning to ACC_MODE() with commit 5300990c0370 ("Sanitize
>>>> f_flags helpers") and then fixing it with commit 6d125529c6cb ("Fix
>>>> ACC_MODE() for real"), we lost an open flags consistency check. Opening
>>>> a file with O_WRONLY | O_RDWR leads to an f_flags containing MAY_READ |
>>>> MAY_WRITE (thanks to the ACC_MODE() helper) and an empty f_mode.
>>>> Indeed, the OPEN_FMODE() helper transforms 3 (an incorrect value) to 0.
>>>> Fortunately, vfs_read() and vfs_write() both check for FMODE_READ, or
>>>> respectively FMODE_WRITE, and return an EBADF error if it is absent.
>>>> Before commit 5300990c0370 ("Sanitize f_flags helpers"), opening a file
>>>> with O_WRONLY | O_RDWR returned an EINVAL error. Let's restore this safe
>>>> behavior.
>>> That specific part seems a bit risky at first glance. Given that the
>>> patch referenced is from 2009 this means we've been allowing O_WRONLY |
>>> O_RDWR to succeed for almost 13 years now.
>> Yeah, it's an old bug, but we should keep in mind that a file descriptor
>> created with such flags cannot be used to read nor write. However,
>> unfortunately, it can be used for things like ioctl, fstat, chdir… I
>> don't know if there is any user of this trick.
>> Either way, there is an inconsistency between those using ACC_MODE() and
>> those using OPEN_FMODE(). If we decide to take a side for the behavior
>> of one or the other, without denying to create such FD, it could also
>> break security policies. We have to choose what to potentially break…
> I'm not really liking the idea that the empty/0 f_mode field leads to
> SELinux doing an ioctl access check as opposed to the expected
> read|write check. Yes, other parts of the code catch the problem, but
> this is bad from a SELinux perspective. Looking quickly at the other
> LSMs, it would appear that other LSMs are affected as well.
> If we're not going to fix file::f_mode, the LSMs probably need to
> consider using file::f_flags directly in conjunction with a correct
> OPEN_FMODE() macro (or better yet a small inline function that isn't
> as ugly).
yeah, I have to agree

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