[PATCH 02/11] mtd: Check permissions towards mtd block device inode when mounting

Dongsu Park dongsu at kinvolk.io
Sat Dec 23 12:18:30 UTC 2017


Hi,

On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 10:06 PM, Richard Weinberger
<richard.weinberger at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dongsu,
>
> On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 3:32 PM, Dongsu Park <dongsu at kinvolk.io> wrote:
>> From: Seth Forshee <seth.forshee at canonical.com>
>>
>> Unprivileged users should not be able to mount mtd block devices
>> when they lack sufficient privileges towards the block device
>> inode.  Update mount_mtd() to validate that the user has the
>> required access to the inode at the specified path. The check
>> will be skipped for CAP_SYS_ADMIN, so privileged mounts will
>> continue working as before.
>
> What is the big picture of this?
> Can in future an unprivileged user just mount UBIFS?

I'm not sure I'm aware of all use cases w.r.t mtd & ubifs.
To my understanding, in these days many container runtimes allow
unprivileged users to run containers. (docker, lxc, runc, bubblewrap, etc)
That's why the kernel should deal with additional permission checks
that might have not been necessary in the past.
This MTD patch is one of those special cases.

> Please note that UBIFS sits on top of a character device and not a block device.

Aha, good to know.

Thanks,
Dongsu

> --
> Thanks,
> //richard


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