]> git.openfabrics.org - ~shefty/rdma-dev.git/commitdiff
VFS: don't do protected {sym,hard}links by default
authorLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:05:07 +0000 (10:05 -0700)
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:05:07 +0000 (10:05 -0700)
In commit 800179c9b8a1 ("This adds symlink and hardlink restrictions to
the Linux VFS"), the new link protections were enabled by default, in
the hope that no actual application would care, despite it being
technically against legacy UNIX (and documented POSIX) behavior.

However, it does turn out to break some applications.  It's rare, and
it's unfortunate, but it's unacceptable to break existing systems, so
we'll have to default to legacy behavior.

In particular, it has broken the way AFD distributes files, see


along with some legacy scripts.

Distributions can end up setting this at initrd time or in system
scripts: if you have security problems due to link attacks during your
early boot sequence, you have bigger problems than some kernel sysctl
setting. Do:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/fs/protected_symlinks
echo 1 > /proc/sys/fs/protected_hardlinks

to re-enable the link protections.

Alternatively, we may at some point introduce a kernel config option
that sets these kinds of "more secure but not traditional" behavioural
options automatically.

Reported-by: Nick Bowler <nbowler@elliptictech.com>
Reported-by: Holger Kiehl <Holger.Kiehl@dwd.de>
Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
Cc: Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>
Cc: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu>
Cc: stable@kernel.org # v3.6
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>

index d1895f30815670de8abd8a6c921443035c21a364..937f9d50c84bdead7516057fead3d5a702ead4b9 100644 (file)
@@ -705,8 +705,8 @@ static inline void put_link(struct nameidata *nd, struct path *link, void *cooki
-int sysctl_protected_symlinks __read_mostly = 1;
-int sysctl_protected_hardlinks __read_mostly = 1;
+int sysctl_protected_symlinks __read_mostly = 0;
+int sysctl_protected_hardlinks __read_mostly = 0;
  * may_follow_link - Check symlink following for unsafe situations
  * may_follow_link - Check symlink following for unsafe situations