Re: sys_chroot+sys_fchdir Fix

From: Al Viro
Date: Tue Sep 25 2007 - 20:24:14 EST

On Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 04:53:00PM -0400, Phillip Susi wrote:
> Alan Cox wrote:
> >On Fri, 21 Sep 2007 13:39:34 -0400
> >Phillip Susi <psusi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> >>David Newall wrote:
> >>>* In particular, the superuser can escape from a =91chroot jail=92 by d=
> >>>oing=20
> >>>=91mkdir foo; chroot foo; cd ..=92.
> >>No, he can not.
> >
> >The superuser can escape that way - its expected and fine behaviour
> Does not work for me, and that would be the EXACT thing chroot is
> supposed to prevent. Maybe you guys are thinking of a program that
> calls chroot() but leaves cwd outside the chroot still being able to
> navigate outside of it?

Oh, for fsck sake... Folks, it's standard-required behaviour. Ability
to chroot() implies the ability to break out of it. Could we please
add that (along with reference to SuS) to l-k FAQ and be done with that

If you are within chroot jail and capable of chroot(), you can chdir to
its root, then chroot() to subdirectory and you've got cwd outside of
your new root. After that you can chdir all way out to original root.

Again, this is standard behaviour. Changing it will not yield any
security improvements, so kindly give that a rest.
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