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authorEric W. Biederman <>2012-05-04 11:34:03 +0000
committerDavid S. Miller <>2012-05-10 23:21:39 -0400
commit38bf1953987c1735f3c9140fca762949a8cae507 (patch)
parente0268868ba064980488fc8c194db3d8e9fb2959c (diff)
connector/userns: replace netlink uses of cap_raised() with capable()
In 2009 Philip Reiser notied that a few users of netlink connector interface needed a capability check and added the idiom cap_raised(nsp->eff_cap, CAP_SYS_ADMIN) to a few of them, on the premise that netlink was asynchronous. In 2011 Patrick McHardy noticed we were being silly because netlink is synchronous and removed eff_cap from the netlink_skb_params and changed the idiom to cap_raised(current_cap(), CAP_SYS_ADMIN). Looking at those spots with a fresh eye we should be calling capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN). The only reason I can see for not calling capable is that it once appeared we were not in the same task as the caller which would have made calling capable() impossible. In the initial user_namespace the only difference between between cap_raised(current_cap(), CAP_SYS_ADMIN) and capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN) are a few sanity checks and the fact that capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN) sets PF_SUPERPRIV if we use the capability. Since we are going to be using root privilege setting PF_SUPERPRIV seems the right thing to do. The motivation for this that patch is that in a child user namespace cap_raised(current_cap(),...) tests your capabilities with respect to that child user namespace not capabilities in the initial user namespace and thus will allow processes that should be unprivielged to use the kernel services that are only protected with cap_raised(current_cap(),..). To fix possible user_namespace issues and to just clean up the code replace cap_raised(current_cap(), CAP_SYS_ADMIN) with capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN). Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <> Cc: Patrick McHardy <> Cc: Philipp Reisner <> Acked-by: Serge E. Hallyn <> Acked-by: Andrew G. Morgan <> Cc: Vasiliy Kulikov <> Cc: David Howells <> Reviewed-by: James Morris <> Cc: David Miller <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
3 files changed, 3 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/drivers/block/drbd/drbd_nl.c b/drivers/block/drbd/drbd_nl.c
index abfaacaaf346..946166e13953 100644
--- a/drivers/block/drbd/drbd_nl.c
+++ b/drivers/block/drbd/drbd_nl.c
@@ -2297,7 +2297,7 @@ static void drbd_connector_callback(struct cn_msg *req, struct netlink_skb_parms
- if (!cap_raised(current_cap(), CAP_SYS_ADMIN)) {
+ if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN)) {
retcode = ERR_PERM;
goto fail;
diff --git a/drivers/md/dm-log-userspace-transfer.c b/drivers/md/dm-log-userspace-transfer.c
index 1f23e048f077..08d9a207259a 100644
--- a/drivers/md/dm-log-userspace-transfer.c
+++ b/drivers/md/dm-log-userspace-transfer.c
@@ -134,7 +134,7 @@ static void cn_ulog_callback(struct cn_msg *msg, struct netlink_skb_parms *nsp)
struct dm_ulog_request *tfr = (struct dm_ulog_request *)(msg + 1);
- if (!cap_raised(current_cap(), CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
+ if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
diff --git a/drivers/video/uvesafb.c b/drivers/video/uvesafb.c
index 26e83d7fdd6f..b0e2a4261afe 100644
--- a/drivers/video/uvesafb.c
+++ b/drivers/video/uvesafb.c
@@ -73,7 +73,7 @@ static void uvesafb_cn_callback(struct cn_msg *msg, struct netlink_skb_parms *ns
struct uvesafb_task *utask;
struct uvesafb_ktask *task;
- if (!cap_raised(current_cap(), CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
+ if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
if (msg->seq >= UVESAFB_TASKS_MAX)