[PATCH 0/2] capability conversion fixes

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Tue Jan 19 21:10:14 UTC 2021

Miklos Szeredi <mszeredi at redhat.com> writes:

> It turns out overlayfs is actually okay wrt. mutliple conversions, because
> it uses the right context for lower operations.  I.e. before calling
> vfs_{set,get}xattr() on underlying fs, it overrides creds with that of the
> mounter, so the current user ns will now match that of
> overlay_sb->s_user_ns, meaning that the caps will be converted to just the
> right format for the next layer
> OTOH ecryptfs, which is the only other one affected by commit 7c03e2cda4a5
> ("vfs: move cap_convert_nscap() call into vfs_setxattr()") needs to be
> fixed up, since it doesn't do the cap override thing that overlayfs does.
> I don't have an ecryptfs setup, so untested, but it's a fairly trivial
> change.
> My other observation was that cap_inode_getsecurity() messes up conversion
> of caps in more than one case.  This is independent of the overlayfs user
> ns enablement but affects it as well.
> Maybe we can revisit the infrastructure improvements we discussed, but I
> think these fixes are more appropriate for the current cycle.

I mostly agree.  Fixing the bugs in a back-portable way is important.

However we need to sort out the infrastructure, and implementation.

As far as I can tell it is only the fact that overlayfs does not support
the new mount api aka fs_context that allows this fix to work and be

I believe the new mount api would allow specifying a different userns
thatn curent_user_ns for the overlay filesystem and that would break

So while I agree with the making a minimal fix for now.  We need a good
fix because this code is much too subtle, and it can break very easily
with no one noticing.


> Thanks,
> Miklos
> Miklos Szeredi (2):
>   ecryptfs: fix uid translation for setxattr on security.capability
>   security.capability: fix conversions on getxattr
>  fs/ecryptfs/inode.c  | 10 +++++--
>  security/commoncap.c | 67 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------------
>  2 files changed, 50 insertions(+), 27 deletions(-)

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