kmsg: honor dmesg_restrict sysctl on /dev/kmsg
authorKees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:04:39 +0000 (14:04 -0700)
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 23:29:44 +0000 (16:29 -0700)
commit637241a900cbd982f744d44646b48a273d609b34
tree0c8e84af9e6a37bd61f9fc9b7a668472df53df46
parentcf7df378aa4ff7da3a44769b7ff6e9eef1a9f3db
kmsg: honor dmesg_restrict sysctl on /dev/kmsg

The dmesg_restrict sysctl currently covers the syslog method for access
dmesg, however /dev/kmsg isn't covered by the same protections.  Most
people haven't noticed because util-linux dmesg(1) defaults to using the
syslog method for access in older versions.  With util-linux dmesg(1)
defaults to reading directly from /dev/kmsg.

To fix /dev/kmsg, let's compare the existing interfaces and what they
allow:

 - /proc/kmsg allows:
  - open (SYSLOG_ACTION_OPEN) if CAP_SYSLOG since it uses a destructive
    single-reader interface (SYSLOG_ACTION_READ).
  - everything, after an open.

 - syslog syscall allows:
  - anything, if CAP_SYSLOG.
  - SYSLOG_ACTION_READ_ALL and SYSLOG_ACTION_SIZE_BUFFER, if
    dmesg_restrict==0.
  - nothing else (EPERM).

The use-cases were:
 - dmesg(1) needs to do non-destructive SYSLOG_ACTION_READ_ALLs.
 - sysklog(1) needs to open /proc/kmsg, drop privs, and still issue the
   destructive SYSLOG_ACTION_READs.

AIUI, dmesg(1) is moving to /dev/kmsg, and systemd-journald doesn't
clear the ring buffer.

Based on the comments in devkmsg_llseek, it sounds like actions besides
reading aren't going to be supported by /dev/kmsg (i.e.
SYSLOG_ACTION_CLEAR), so we have a strict subset of the non-destructive
syslog syscall actions.

To this end, move the check as Josh had done, but also rename the
constants to reflect their new uses (SYSLOG_FROM_CALL becomes
SYSLOG_FROM_READER, and SYSLOG_FROM_FILE becomes SYSLOG_FROM_PROC).
SYSLOG_FROM_READER allows non-destructive actions, and SYSLOG_FROM_PROC
allows destructive actions after a capabilities-constrained
SYSLOG_ACTION_OPEN check.

 - /dev/kmsg allows:
  - open if CAP_SYSLOG or dmesg_restrict==0
  - reading/polling, after open

Addresses https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=903192

[akpm@linux-foundation.org: use pr_warn_once()]
Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
Reported-by: Christian Kujau <lists@nerdbynature.de>
Tested-by: Josh Boyer <jwboyer@redhat.com>
Cc: Kay Sievers <kay@vrfy.org>
Cc: <stable@vger.kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
fs/proc/kmsg.c
include/linux/syslog.h
kernel/printk.c