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Re: Recent /proc/pid/mem exploit

From: Stephen Smalley <sds_at_nospam>
Date: Wed Jan 25 2012 - 13:07:20 GMT
To: David Quigley <selinux@davequigley.com>

On Tue, 2012-01-24 at 11:22 -0500, David Quigley wrote:
> So I read through the recent privilege escalation vulnerability using
> su and gpasswd which exploits weak permission checks in /proc/pid/mem
> and tried to figure out why we didn't stop it. What it comes down to is
> that /proc/pid and everything under it is given the same type as the
> process itself. In the case of the gpasswd that type is groupadd_t.
> Looking at the kernel code for /proc/pid/mem and its read/write
> functions it seems that the only permission checking we do on that node
> is done by the vfs. So from the SELinux perspective you would need allow
> groupadd_t groupadd_t file:{open read write} to have access to
> /proc/pid/mem. For some odd reason tons and tons of applications have
> file:{open read and write} on itself.
> One question that should be asked is why is is that we have so many
> rules that contain sometype_t sometype_t file: {open read write}. Is it
> necessary or something that is just being pulled in from a macro. If
> this is necessary for other reasons the followup to this would be should
> /proc/pid/mem have the same type as the process or should we have some
> additional requirements permission wise for a process to read and write
> to its own memory through /proc/pid/mem. What are the valid reasons for
> a process to be poking around through its memory using /proc/pid/mem?

The /proc/pid files are labeled with the same security context as the
associated task via security_task_to_inode() -> selinux_task_to_inode().
There is presently no support for distinguishing /proc/pid files in
policy, unlike other files in /proc. As processes are expected to be
able to write to various files under /proc/self, this is allowed by

Implementing support for labeling different /proc/pid inodes differently
might be an interesting project.

-- Stephen Smalley National Security Agency -- selinux mailing list selinux@lists.fedoraproject.org https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/selinux