[Dnsmasq-discuss] dnsmasq runs as root if setcap() fails

Simon Kelley simon at thekelleys.org.uk
Fri Jun 20 12:19:18 BST 2008

Uwe Gansert wrote:
> On Thursday 19 June 2008, Simon Kelley wrote:
>> That's a good idea, even simpler would be to just check that capget()
>> will work early: that's enough to detect a kernel which doesn't have the
>> correct support compiled in.
>> Would that satisfy your security people, Uwe?
> I talked to them and yes, that would be okay.
> They just care about that no admin has a running root daemon by accident. Of 
> course we know that this is not per se a security problem but you know how 
> security guys are - totally paranoid :) It's part of their job.
> So to quote them, "as long as dnsmasq terminates when capset() fails, 
> instead of falling back to root, we are happy :)"
> Thanx Simon!

OK, too late. I picked up Bill's excellent suggestion and ran with it.
Late night last night :-)


does the full pipe-back-to-the-parent scheme, it checks every setuid,
setgid, and capset. It checks for unknown users/groups, and even checks
that it can write the pidfile!

There's a fair number of changes, so I'd appreciate it if list members
could try it out - if it starts OK there should be no problem, all the
changes are in start-up code.

Uwe, could you throw it to the Lions and see what they say?



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