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Here are some issues recently discovered:
* Overlayfs over Fuse Privilege Escalation: On some systems, e.g.
Ubuntu Wily, it is possible to place an USERNS overlayfs mount over a
fuse (file system in userspace) mount. Inactive SUID binaries in the
user-controllable fuse filesystem may then be copied to other
filesystems in copy_up, thus allowing unprivileged users to create
arbitrary SUID binaries on the disk. Read more...
* User Namespaces Overlayfs Xattr Setgid Privilege Escalation:
Overlayfs allows to mix content of two filesystems, e.g. read-only
medium with r/w RAM-fs. This is also allowed within user namespaces.
As overlayfs does not initialize xattr ACLs when copying files,
malicious user may gain write access to SGID directories and further
gain full member access to that group. As member of group root or
staff escalation to user root might be simple.
* Access to all /dev/pts devices via pt_chown and user namespaces:
/usr/lib/pt_chown was used to change ownership of slave pts devices in
/dev/pts to the same uid holding the master file descriptor for the
slave. Another devpts instance mountend within user namespace allows
unprivileged user to fool pt_chown to operate on file descriptors from
inside namespace but change ownership of device with same number
outside the namespace.
(Issue too old, no clear fix on the way - see oss-security discussion.)
* Aufs Union Filesystem Privilege Escalation In User Namespaces: Aufs
is a union filesystem to mix content of different underlying
filesystems, e.g. read-only medium with r/w RAM-fs. That is also
allowed in user namespaces when module was loaded with allow_userns
option. Due to different bugs, aufs in a crafted USERNS allows
privilege escalation, which is a problem on systems enabling
unprivileged USERNS by default, e.g. Ubuntu Wily.
(This is fixed upstream, but not merged in to kernel mainline. As
issue not so critical and nearly identical to one below, better FD to
let user protect ...)
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