[PATCH RFC 0/1] mount: universally disallow mounting over symlinks

Aleksa Sarai cyphar at cyphar.com
Mon Dec 30 05:49:13 UTC 2019

On 2019-12-30, Al Viro <viro at zeniv.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 04:20:35PM +1100, Aleksa Sarai wrote:
> > A reasonably detailed explanation of the issues is provided in the patch
> > itself, but the full traces produced by both the oopses and deadlocks is
> > included below (it makes little sense to include them in the commit since we
> > are disabling this feature, not directly fixing the bugs themselves).
> > 
> > I've posted this as an RFC on whether this feature should be allowed at
> > all (and if anyone knows of legitimate uses for it), or if we should
> > work on fixing these other kernel bugs that it exposes.
> Umm...  Are all of those traces
> 	a) reproducible on mainline and

This was on viro/for-next, I'll retry it on v5.5-rc4.

> 	b) reproducible as the first oopsen?

The NULL and garbage pointer derefs are reproducible as the first oops.
Looking at my logs, it looks like the deadlocks were always triggered
after the oops, but that might just have been a mistake on my part while
testing things.

> As it is, quite a few might be secondary results of earlier memory
> corruption...

Yeah, I thought that might be the case but decided to include them
anyway (the /proc/self/stack RCU stall is definitely the result of other
corruption and stalls).

Aleksa Sarai
Senior Software Engineer (Containers)
SUSE Linux GmbH
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