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[V10,5/5] fuse: Use daemon creds in passthrough mode

Message ID 20201026125016.1905945-6-balsini@android.com (mailing list archive)
State New, archived
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Series fuse: Add support for passthrough read/write | expand

Commit Message

Alessio Balsini Oct. 26, 2020, 12:50 p.m. UTC
When using FUSE passthrough, read/write operations are directly forwarded
to the lower file system file through VFS, but there is no guarantee that
the process that is triggering the request has the right permissions to
access the lower file system. This would cause the read/write access to

In passthrough file systems, where the FUSE daemon is responsible for the
enforcement of the lower file system access policies, often happens that
the process dealing with the FUSE file system doesn't have access to the
lower file system.
Being the FUSE daemon in charge of implementing the FUSE file operations,
that in the case of read/write operations usually simply results in the
copy of memory buffers from/to the lower file system respectively, these
operations are executed with the FUSE daemon privileges.

This patch adds a reference to the FUSE daemon credentials, referenced at
FUSE_DEV_IOC_PASSTHROUGH_OPEN ioctl() time so that they can be used to
temporarily raise the user credentials when accessing lower file system
files in passthrough.
The process accessing the FUSE file with passthrough enabled temporarily
receives the privileges of the FUSE daemon while performing read/write
operations. Similar behavior is implemented in overlayfs.
These privileges will be reverted as soon as the IO operation completes.
This feature does not provide any higher security privileges to those
processes accessing the FUSE file system with passthrough enabled. This is
because it is still the FUSE daemon responsible for enabling or not the
passthrough feature at file open time, and should enable the feature only
after appropriate access policy checks.

Signed-off-by: Alessio Balsini <balsini@android.com>
 fs/fuse/fuse_i.h      |  5 ++++-
 fs/fuse/passthrough.c | 11 +++++++++++
 2 files changed, 15 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
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diff --git a/fs/fuse/fuse_i.h b/fs/fuse/fuse_i.h
index a888d3df5877..59e033a59551 100644
--- a/fs/fuse/fuse_i.h
+++ b/fs/fuse/fuse_i.h
@@ -165,10 +165,13 @@  struct fuse_release_args;
  * Reference to lower filesystem file for read/write operations handled in
- * passthrough mode
+ * passthrough mode.
+ * This struct also tracks the credentials to be used for handling read/write
+ * operations.
 struct fuse_passthrough {
 	struct file *filp;
+	struct cred *cred;
 /** FUSE specific file data */
diff --git a/fs/fuse/passthrough.c b/fs/fuse/passthrough.c
index 10b6872cdaa7..ab81dd8f010b 100644
--- a/fs/fuse/passthrough.c
+++ b/fs/fuse/passthrough.c
@@ -67,6 +67,7 @@  ssize_t fuse_passthrough_read_iter(struct kiocb *iocb_fuse,
 				   struct iov_iter *iter)
 	ssize_t ret;
+	const struct cred *old_cred;
 	struct file *fuse_filp = iocb_fuse->ki_filp;
 	struct fuse_file *ff = fuse_filp->private_data;
 	struct file *passthrough_filp = ff->passthrough.filp;
@@ -74,6 +75,7 @@  ssize_t fuse_passthrough_read_iter(struct kiocb *iocb_fuse,
 	if (!iov_iter_count(iter))
 		return 0;
+	old_cred = override_creds(ff->passthrough.cred);
 	if (is_sync_kiocb(iocb_fuse)) {
 		ret = vfs_iter_read(passthrough_filp, iter, &iocb_fuse->ki_pos,
@@ -91,6 +93,7 @@  ssize_t fuse_passthrough_read_iter(struct kiocb *iocb_fuse,
 		if (ret != -EIOCBQUEUED)
+	revert_creds(old_cred);
 	return ret;
@@ -99,6 +102,7 @@  ssize_t fuse_passthrough_write_iter(struct kiocb *iocb_fuse,
 				    struct iov_iter *iter)
 	ssize_t ret;
+	const struct cred *old_cred;
 	struct file *fuse_filp = iocb_fuse->ki_filp;
 	struct fuse_file *ff = fuse_filp->private_data;
 	struct inode *fuse_inode = file_inode(fuse_filp);
@@ -110,6 +114,7 @@  ssize_t fuse_passthrough_write_iter(struct kiocb *iocb_fuse,
+	old_cred = override_creds(ff->passthrough.cred);
 	if (is_sync_kiocb(iocb_fuse)) {
 		ret = vfs_iter_write(passthrough_filp, iter, &iocb_fuse->ki_pos,
@@ -137,6 +142,7 @@  ssize_t fuse_passthrough_write_iter(struct kiocb *iocb_fuse,
+	revert_creds(old_cred);
 	return ret;
@@ -174,6 +180,7 @@  int fuse_passthrough_open(struct fuse_dev *fud,
 		return -ENOMEM;
 	passthrough->filp = passthrough_filp;
+	passthrough->cred = prepare_creds();
@@ -231,4 +238,8 @@  void fuse_passthrough_release(struct fuse_passthrough *passthrough)
 		passthrough->filp = NULL;
+	if (passthrough->cred) {
+		put_cred(passthrough->cred);
+		passthrough->cred = NULL;
+	}