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Re: XFS security fix never sent to -stable?

To: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: XFS security fix never sent to -stable?
From: Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:36:11 -0800
Cc: Dwight Engen <dwight.engen@xxxxxxxxxx>, LKML <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Brian Foster <bfoster@xxxxxxxxxx>, Dave Chinner <dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>, Gao feng <gaofeng@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Ben Myers <bpm@xxxxxxx>, Greg KH <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM, Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> [CC the xfs list. Kees - I shouldn't have to remind you to do this. ]
> On Thu, Dec 05, 2013 at 04:35:50PM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
>> Hi,
>> It looks like 8c567a7fab6e086a0284eee2db82348521e7120c ("xfs: add
>> capability check to free eofblocks ioctl") is a security fix that was
>> never sent to -stable? From what I can see, it was introduced in 3.8
>> by 8ca149de80478441352a8622ea15fae7de703ced ("xfs: add
>> I don't see this in the 3.8.y tree. Should it be added there and newer?
> Well, it's not really a security problem at all, given that it only
> affects speculative preallocation beyond EOF. i.e. it affects
> filesystem metadata that does not yet index any user data.
> Indeed, the kernel already does exactly what this ioctl does every 5
> minutes without user intervention. i.e. it's simply a maintenance
> task we need to execute periodically or on demand as a result of
> other events (e.g. from a userspace daemon that is listen to quota
> exhaustion messages).
> So apart from allowing a user to burn some CPU with the ioctl doing
> nothing but scanning, there's little in way of a security problem
> being exposed on kernels prior to 3.12 here.
> The reason for the cap check? Turning off this ioctl in containers
> restricted by user name spaces. i.e. new functionality added to XFS
> in 3.12 introduced curiously vague and difficult to explain new
> inode access restrictions, so we took the "be safe by default" route
> and only allowed the init namespace access to the ioctl....

Right, it wasn't clear from the commit, and it looked troublesome, but
it's function wasn't obvious, so that's why I asked.


Kees Cook
Chrome OS Security

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