Commit 4d49f671 authored by Zhi Li's avatar Zhi Li Committed by James Morris
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capabilities: do not grant full privs for setuid w/ file caps + no effective caps

A task (when !SECURE_NOROOT) which executes a setuid-root binary will
obtain root privileges while executing that binary.  If the binary also
has effective capabilities set, then only those capabilities will be
granted.  The rationale is that the same binary can carry both setuid-root
and the minimal file capability set, so that on a filesystem not
supporting file caps the binary can still be executed with privilege,
while on a filesystem supporting file caps it will run with minimal

This special case currently does NOT happen if there are file capabilities
but no effective capabilities.  Since capability-aware programs can very
well start with empty pE but populated pP and move those caps to pE when
needed.  In other words, if the file has file capabilities but NOT
effective capabilities, then we should do the same thing as if there
were file capabilities, and not grant full root privileges.

This patchset does that.

(Changelog by Serge Hallyn).

Signed-off-by: default avatarZhi Li <>
Acked-by: default avatarSerge Hallyn <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJames Morris <>
parent f995e740
......@@ -332,7 +332,8 @@ int cap_inode_killpriv(struct dentry *dentry)
static inline int bprm_caps_from_vfs_caps(struct cpu_vfs_cap_data *caps,
struct linux_binprm *bprm,
bool *effective)
bool *effective,
bool *has_cap)
struct cred *new = bprm->cred;
unsigned i;
......@@ -341,6 +342,9 @@ static inline int bprm_caps_from_vfs_caps(struct cpu_vfs_cap_data *caps,
if (caps->magic_etc & VFS_CAP_FLAGS_EFFECTIVE)
*effective = true;
if (caps->magic_etc & VFS_CAP_REVISION_MASK)
*has_cap = true;
__u32 permitted = caps->permitted.cap[i];
__u32 inheritable = caps->inheritable.cap[i];
......@@ -424,7 +428,7 @@ int get_vfs_caps_from_disk(const struct dentry *dentry, struct cpu_vfs_cap_data
* its xattrs and, if present, apply them to the proposed credentials being
* constructed by execve().
static int get_file_caps(struct linux_binprm *bprm, bool *effective)
static int get_file_caps(struct linux_binprm *bprm, bool *effective, bool *has_cap)
struct dentry *dentry;
int rc = 0;
......@@ -450,7 +454,7 @@ static int get_file_caps(struct linux_binprm *bprm, bool *effective)
goto out;
rc = bprm_caps_from_vfs_caps(&vcaps, bprm, effective);
rc = bprm_caps_from_vfs_caps(&vcaps, bprm, effective, has_cap);
if (rc == -EINVAL)
printk(KERN_NOTICE "%s: cap_from_disk returned %d for %s\n",
__func__, rc, bprm->filename);
......@@ -475,11 +479,11 @@ int cap_bprm_set_creds(struct linux_binprm *bprm)
const struct cred *old = current_cred();
struct cred *new = bprm->cred;
bool effective;
bool effective, has_cap;
int ret;
effective = false;
ret = get_file_caps(bprm, &effective);
ret = get_file_caps(bprm, &effective, &has_cap);
if (ret < 0)
return ret;
......@@ -489,7 +493,7 @@ int cap_bprm_set_creds(struct linux_binprm *bprm)
* for a setuid root binary run by a non-root user. Do set it
* for a root user just to cause least surprise to an admin.
if (effective && new->uid != 0 && new->euid == 0) {
if (has_cap && new->uid != 0 && new->euid == 0) {
goto skip;
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