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Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 03:51:03 -0700
From: Andrew Morton <>
To: Sebastian Krahmer <>
Subject: Re: [Security] /proc infoleaks

On Tue, 7 Sep 2010 10:35:46 +0200 Sebastian Krahmer <> wrote:

> I have been elected to receive the bashing from all sides,
> so here we go.
> It is not about a new vulnerability or even a new discussion
> but needs to be discussed, at least that we have a clear
> statement about the status quo.
> Recent i-CAN-haz-MODHARDEN.c has shown once *again* that
> certain file permissions make no sense except to exploitation
> development. There is no reason to have files like
> /proc/kallsyms
> /proc/slabinfo
> /proc/zoneinfo
> and probably a lot of others world readable. The symbol
> addresses might be hard-coded for a certain targetlist
> inside the exploit so you can argue that there
> wont be any protection benefit from making it unreadable.
> However this argument aint a reason to also leak it for self-compiled
> kernels and doesnt even hold for dynamic/runtime content
> like slabinfos etc.
> It would be nice to have something like
> echo 1 > /proc/quiet
> or something like a umask for kernel-owned proc
> entries so that you have a polite default and are
> still able to enable it for certain profiling tools
> or whereever you need it.

chmod 0440 /proc/slabinfo

What am I missing here?

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