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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 20:23:31 +0100
From: Alan Cox <>
To: Matt Brown <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 0/1] Add Trusted Path Execution as a stackable LSM

> So actually in this LSM it's not so much full paths that are trusted,
> rather it checks that the directory containing the program is only
> writable by root and that the program itself is only writable by root.
> For example, consider the following:
> /user/ with permissions drwxr-xr-x user user
> /user/user-owned/ with permissions drwxr-xr-x user user
> /user/user-owned/root-owned/ with permissions drwxr-xr-x root root
> /user/user-owned/root-owned/exe with permissions -rwxr-xr-x root root
> currently /user/user-owned/root-owned/exe is trusted because it can only
> be written to by root, and the directory it is in can only be written by
> root.
> but then user becomes compromised and does the following:
> cd /user/
> mv user-owned user-owned-back
> mkdir -p user-owned/root-owned
> cd user-owned/root-owned
> wget
> Now /user/user-owned/root-owned/exe is untrusted and its execution will
> be denied unless you put user in the trusted group.

I can cause a lot of mischief just by renaming commands (mv cp rm
does't work on must implementations) but yes the root directory check
itself should avoid that you are correct.

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