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Re: feature-mtab-translator (v3)

From: Richard Braun
Subject: Re: feature-mtab-translator (v3)
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:41:55 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 05:25:02PM +0200, Justus Winter wrote:
> Richard mentioned that revealing mount points does not seem to be a
> concern on Linux, but arguably on Hurd an active translator is more
> common than a mount on linux.

Well, that's irrelevant. What matters is that on Linux, mount points are
under the responsibility of the administrator, even when owned by users
(which is a simple case of delegating responsibility), whereas on the
Hurd, any user can attach translators.

You claim that this patch series fixes all security issues raised by
Neal, but I'm not sure it does. As you say, getting child translators
checks the permissions of the requesting client, but as you also say,
a translator running as root can access the complete list, which is
what is done when accessing /proc/mounts, I suppose. Ideally (but
I'm not sure how to properly do it so it's simply FYI), the translator
should be able to act on behalf of its users, getting the list of
translators using their credentials, i.e. user bob reads /proc/mounts
and all fsys_get_children RPCs done in that context uses bob's identity.
Correct if I'm wrong, but I think it's still a valid security concern,
worth mentioning here.

Richard Braun

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