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From: "Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)" <mtk.manpages@gmail.com>
To: Jonny Grant <jg@jguk.org>, Jakub Wilk <jwilk@jwilk.net>
Cc: mtk.manpages@gmail.com, linux-man <linux-man@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: core(5)
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2020 18:18:51 +0200
Message-ID: <598453e7-9bec-c6bb-11bd-ca19ab90f807@gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <a504a2ab-32d2-ad39-295f-47a1d5de2f34@jguk.org>

Hi Jonny,

On 6/6/20 11:16 PM, Jonny Grant wrote:
> 
> 
> On 06/06/2020 20:39, Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) wrote:
>> On Sat, 6 Jun 2020 at 20:32, Jakub Wilk <jwilk@jwilk.net> wrote:
>>>
>>> * Jonny Grant <jg@jguk.org>, 2020-06-06, 16:45:
>>>>>> 3) Could i ask to clarify my understanding. For this "The binary
>>>>>> being executed by the process does not have read permission enabled."
>>>>>> -- is this when the binary permissions are changed after it starts
>>>>>> running?
>>>>> No, AFAICS the permission check is done when the process starts.
>>>> How can the process start if the binary file doesn't have read
>>>> permissions enabled?
>>>
>>> It's a bit weird, but the kernel doesn't mind:
>>>
>>>     $ cp /bin/ls .
>>>     $ chmod a-r ls
>>>     $ ./ls -l ls
>>>     --wx--x--x 1 jwilk jwilk 138856 Jun  6 20:22 ls
>>
>> And from core(5):
>>
>>         There are various circumstances in which a core dump file  is  not
>>         produced:
>>         ...
>>         *  The binary being executed by the process  does  not  have  read
>>            permission enabled.
>>
>> So, the binary can be executed, but not read, and will not do a core
>> dump (since that might be readable).
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Michael
> 
> Hi Michael, Jakub,
> 
> It sounds like a good security feature. Could that be documented on the man page as the reason?
> 
> ie something like this:
> 
> *  The binary being executed by the process  does  not  have  read 
> permission enabled, therefore a core file would reveal information in
> a readable file, so it cannot be dumped.

Thanks for the suggested wording. I applied the patch below.

Thanks,

Michael

diff --git a/man5/core.5 b/man5/core.5
index 456366ea6..0d7b7b617 100644
--- a/man5/core.5
+++ b/man5/core.5
@@ -90,6 +90,10 @@ in
 .IP *
 The binary being executed by the process does not have read
 permission enabled.
+(This is a security measure to
+ensure that an executable whose contents are not readable
+does not produce a\(empossibly readable\(emcore dump containing
+an image of the executable.)
 .IP *
 The process is executing a set-user-ID (set-group-ID) program
 that is owned by a user (group) other than the real user (group)
-- 
Michael Kerrisk
Linux man-pages maintainer; http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/
Linux/UNIX System Programming Training: http://man7.org/training/

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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-06 13:18 core(5) Jonny Grant
2020-06-06 14:50 ` core(5) Jakub Wilk
2020-06-06 15:45   ` core(5) Jonny Grant
2020-06-06 18:32     ` core(5) Jakub Wilk
2020-06-06 19:39       ` core(5) Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-06-06 21:16         ` core(5) Jonny Grant
2020-06-08 16:18           ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) [this message]
2020-06-08 16:06 ` core(5) Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)

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