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From: Alasdair G Kergon <>
To: Christoph Pleger <>
Cc: LVM general discussion and development <>
Subject: Re: [linux-lvm] lvcreate from a setuid-root binary
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:24:05 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 02:43:10PM +0100, Christoph Pleger wrote:
> I get security by checking the real user id at the beginning of the  
> program and aborting the program if that uid does not belong to the only  
> user who is allowed to run the program. 

Sounds familiar.  Shall I tell you one of those stories?

I used a system where the sysadmin was worried that letting people run
the setuid 'su' binary was too dangerous, so he wrote a wrapper around
it to "improve" security.  The wrapper checked you were in the admin
group before letting you run the real 'su'.  Of course anyone who
understood how setuid works better than he did could now use the
wrapper in numerous different ways to become root directly without a

If you care about security find another solution that doesn't involve
writing your own privileged code to be run under the control of an
unprivileged user.


  parent reply	other threads:[~2018-11-17  0:24 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 20+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-15 16:39 [linux-lvm] lvcreate from a setuid-root binary Christoph Pleger
2018-11-15 17:57 ` Alasdair G Kergon
2018-11-16 13:43   ` Christoph Pleger
2018-11-16 15:32     ` Zdenek Kabelac
2018-11-16 16:12       ` Christoph Pleger
2018-11-16 17:21         ` Roger Heflin
2018-11-16 15:41     ` Stuart D. Gathman
2018-11-21  9:56       ` Christoph Pleger
2018-11-21  9:58         ` Vladislav Bogdanov
2018-11-21 10:23           ` Christoph Pleger
2018-11-17  0:24     ` Alasdair G Kergon [this message]
2018-11-19  8:55       ` Christoph Pleger
2018-11-19 13:01         ` Alasdair G Kergon
2018-11-19 13:19     ` Bryn M. Reeves
2018-11-19 15:17       ` Christoph Pleger
2018-11-19 15:35 ` Christoph Pleger
     [not found] <>
2018-11-19 14:04 ` matthew patton
2018-11-19 15:03   ` Christoph Pleger
     [not found] <>
2018-11-19 16:05 ` matthew patton
     [not found] <>
2018-11-22 16:41 ` matthew patton

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