Bug 3568 - RHSA: NFS root squashing broken with 32 bit uid_t
RHSA: NFS root squashing broken with 32 bit uid_t
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: nfs-server (Show other bugs)
5.2
All Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-06-18 08:01 EDT by Jeff Johnson
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:37 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-07-23 04:25:51 EDT
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Description Jeff Johnson 1999-06-18 08:01:03 EDT
It's that time of the year again...
Someone just mailed me about a problem he was having with
unfsd, and
in passing he mentioned that Linux refuses setfsuid(-2).

Unfortunately, unfsd relies on this for root squashing
(unless you've
defined a different anon uid/gid).

The cause of the problem is glibc's move to 32 bit uid_t,
while the kernel remains at 16 bit.  To compensate for this,
the
glibc setfsuid() implementation has some hideously `clever'
code
(sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/i386/setfsuid.c):

int
setfsuid (uid_t uid)
{
  if (uid != (uid_t) ((__kernel_uid_t) uid))
    {
      __set_errno (EINVAL);
      return -1;
    }

  return INLINE_SYSCALL (setfsuid, 1, uid);
}

It is entirely possible that other applications are affected
by these
symptoms as well, because seteuid exhibits the same
properties.

A patched unfsd (2.2.beta44) will be available shortly from
ftp://linux.mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de/pub/linux/people/okir
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-18 08:19:59 EDT
Jay, this 5.2 errata package needs QA:
	5.2.2:	nfs-server-2.2beta44-1

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