Fw: init scripts and su
From: Nicolas Rachinsky (list_at_rachinsky.de)
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 09:23:13 +0200 To: email@example.com
I think the same problem exists in our rc.d scripts.
attached mail follows:
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 14:53:56 +1000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
The start scripts for some daemons do "su - user" or use
"start-stop-daemon -c" to launch the daemon, postgresql is one example.
During the time between the daemon launch and it closing it's file handles and
calling setsid(2) (which some daemons don't do because they are buggy) any
other code running in the same UID could take over the process via ptrace,
fork off a child process that inherits the administrator tty, and then stuff
characters into the keyboard buffer with ioctl(fd,TIOCSTI,&c) (*).
To address these issues for Fedora I have written a program named init_su.
init_su closes all file handles other than 1 and 2 (stdout and stderr). File
handles 1 and 2 are fstat()'d, if they are regular files or pipes then they
are left open (no attack is possible through a file or pipe), otherwise they
are closed and /dev/null is opened instead. /dev/null is opened for file
handle 0 regardless of what it might have pointed to previously. Then
setsid() is called to create a new session for the process (make it a group
leader), this invalidates /dev/tty. Then the uid is changed and the daemon
I have attached the source code to init_su, please check it out and tell me
what you think. After the discussion concludes I will write a patch for
start-stop-daemon to give similar functionality.
(*) On system boot and shutdown there is no problem. It's when the
administrator uses /etc/init.d/postgresql to start or stop the database that
there is potential for attack.
I have also started a similar discussion on the Fedora development list about
this issue, see the above URL.
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