Re: /proc filesystem allows bypassing directory permissions on- Linux

From: Pavel Machek <>
To: Dan Yefimov <>,
Subject: Re: /proc filesystem allows bypassing directory permissions on- Linux

On Mon 2009-10-26 15:37:50, Dan Yefimov wrote:
> On 26.10.2009 13:54, wrote:
> >Dear Dan,
> >
> >>... in authentic kernels /proc/<PID>/fd/<FD>  are symlinks ...
> >
> >They appear to /bin/ls as symlinks, but observation suggests that they
> >"act" as hardlinks. Could that be fixed somehow? (I did look at the
> >kernel fs/proc/base.c but did not make much sense to me...)
> >
> Just looked more carefully at fs/proc/base.c. That behavior is due
> to proc_fd_info() called from proc_fd_link() obtains file->f_path,
> that in turn contains the reference to the open file dentry and
> hence inode. That's exactly why those symlinks behave as hardlinks.
> This behavior assumes, that if you were able to open the file,
> you've all necessary transition permissions to access it's inode.
> But in order to follow them you need privileges to read the process
> memory, which hardly restricts the impact of this behavior. I don't
> think this should be fixed, since /proc/<PID>/fd/ is mainly for
> debugging purposes.

guest certianly does not have permission to ptrace() pavel's
processes, so...
(cesky, pictures)

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