Commit ce49cffb authored by Colin Walters's avatar Colin Walters

Make use of PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS if available

This flag is exactly what we want for this tool (it's what I thought

See the linked discussion from here:
parent 92457a2b
......@@ -5,7 +5,8 @@
* "safely": I believe that this program, when deployed as setuid on a
* typical "distribution" such as RHEL or Debian, does not, even when
* used in combination with typical software installed on that
* distribution, allow privilege escalation.
* distribution, allow privilege escalation. See the README for more
* details.
* Copyright 2011,2012 Colin Walters <>
......@@ -30,6 +31,7 @@
#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <errno.h>
#include <stdarg.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <assert.h>
......@@ -47,6 +49,10 @@
#define SECBIT_NOROOT_LOCKED (1 << 1)
#define PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS 38
static void fatal (const char *message, ...) __attribute__ ((noreturn)) __attribute__ ((format (printf, 1, 2)));
static void fatal_errno (const char *message) __attribute__ ((noreturn));
......@@ -274,16 +280,20 @@ main (int argc,
if (child == 0)
* SECBIT_NOROOT helps close the main historical reason why only
* uid 0 can chroot(2) - because unprivileged users can create
* hard links to setuid binaries, and possibly confuse them into
* looking at data (or loading libraries) that they don't
* expect, and thus elevating privileges. With this, executing
* a setuid program doesn't gain us any new Linux capabilities
* (but it still changes uid). See below for where we create a
* MS_NOSUID bind mount.
* First, we attempt to use PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS, since it does
* exactly what we want - ensures the child can not gain any
* privileges, even attempting to execute setuid binaries.
* If that's not available, we fall back to using SECBIT_NOROOT.
* Following the belt-and-suspenders model, we also make a
* MS_NOSUID bind mount below.
if (prctl (PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS, 1) < 0 && errno != EINVAL)
fatal_errno ("prctl (PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS)");
else if (prctl (PR_SET_SECUREBITS,
fatal_errno ("prctl (SECBIT_NOROOT)");
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