[patch 0/8] unprivileged mount syscall

Miklos Szeredi miklos at szeredi.hu
Mon Apr 16 02:27:45 PDT 2007

> Arn't there ways to escape chroot jails? Serge had pointed me to a URL
> which showed chroots can be escaped. And if that is true than having all
> user's private mount tree in the same namespace can be a security issue?

No.  In fact chrooting the user into /share/$USER will actually
_grant_ a privilege to the user, instead of taking it away.  It allows
the user to modify it's root namespace, which it wouldn't be able to
in the initial namespace.

So even if the user could escape from the chroot (which I doubt), s/he
would not be able to do any harm, since unprivileged mounting would be
restricted to /share.  Also /share/$USER should only have read/search
permission for $USER or no permissions at all, which would mean, that
other users' namespaces would be safe from tampering as well.


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