Re: [patch 2/2] VFS: allow filesystem to override mknod capability checks

From: Christoph Hellwig
Date: Mon Sep 24 2007 - 08:38:27 EST

On Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 02:25:54PM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> From: Miklos Szeredi <mszeredi@xxxxxxx>
> Add a new super block flag, that results in the VFS not checking if
> the current process has enough privileges to do an mknod().
> If this flag is set, all mounts for this super block will have the
> "nodev" flag implied.
> This is needed on filesystems, where an unprivileged user may be able
> to create a device node, without causing security problems.
> One such example is "mountlo" a loopback mount utility implemented
> with fuse and UML, which runs as an unprivileged userspace process.
> In this case the user does in fact have the right to create device
> nodes within the filesystem image, as long as the user has write
> access to the image. Since the filesystem is mounted with "nodev",
> adding device nodes is not a security concern.

This one looks okay, but I'd prefer to not put it in until we actually
have proper non-privilegued mounts.

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