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From: Jann Horn <>
To: Alexander Viro <>,
Cc: Andy Lutomirski <>,,
Subject: [PATCH] fs: add a comment explaining how MNT_NS_INTERNAL affects mnt_may_suid()
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2018 20:58:59 +0100
Message-ID: <> (raw)

commit 380cf5ba6b0a ("fs: Treat foreign mounts as nosuid"), in addition to
the intended effect, also prevented suid execution of memfd files.
(And I think that's a good change.)

Signed-off-by: Jann Horn <>
 fs/namespace.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/namespace.c b/fs/namespace.c
index a7f91265ea67..e68488426e42 100644
--- a/fs/namespace.c
+++ b/fs/namespace.c
@@ -3400,6 +3400,9 @@ bool mnt_may_suid(struct vfsmount *mnt)
 	 * prevents namespaces from trusting potentially unsafe
 	 * suid/sgid bits, file caps, or security labels that originate
 	 * in other namespaces.
+	 *
+	 * check_mnt() rejects MNT_NS_INTERNAL mounts; this means that suid
+	 * execution is blocked for files on internal mounts, e.g. memfds.
 	return !(mnt->mnt_flags & MNT_NOSUID) && check_mnt(real_mount(mnt)) &&

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2018-11-21 19:58 Jann Horn [this message]
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