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Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 17:22:47 +0800
From: Eugene Teo <>
CC: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: kernel: missing capabilities in fs_mask

Hi Steve,

Steven M. Christey wrote:
> On Thu, 23 Apr 2009, Eugene Teo wrote:
>> "When POSIX capabilities were introduced during the 2.1 Linux cycle, the
>> fs mask, which represents the capabilities which having fsuid==0 is
>> supposed to grant, did not include CAP_MKNOD and CAP_LINUX_IMMUTABLE.
>> However, before capabilities the privilege to call these did in fact
>> depend upon fsuid==0.
> How is this different than CVE-2009-1072?  That CVE is based on the same
> bug report by Igor Zhbanov, although the description doesn't mention

Hmm. CVE-2009-1072 refers to the missing CAP_MKNOD capability in
CAP_NFSD_MASK, and this bug refers to the missing CAP_MKNOD and
CAP_LINUX_IMMUTABLE capabilities in CAP_FS_MASK. Come to think about it,
both are similar, and probably makes sense to have it part of
CVE-2009-1072 too?

Thanks, Eugene

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