Bug 655638 - [RFE] initscripts: kernel: make /proc/kallsyms mode 400 to reduce ease of attacking [rhel-6.1]
Summary: [RFE] initscripts: kernel: make /proc/kallsyms mode 400 to reduce ease of att...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: initscripts
Version: 6.1
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: initscripts Maintenance Team
QA Contact: qe-baseos-daemons
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Blocks: 655640 655650 655652
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Reported: 2010-11-22 02:58 UTC by Eugene Teo (Security Response)
Modified: 2010-11-22 04:23 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Enhancement
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Last Closed: 2010-11-22 04:23:54 UTC
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Description Eugene Teo (Security Response) 2010-11-22 02:58:42 UTC
Description of problem:
Making /proc/kallsyms readable only for root by default makes it slightly harder for attackers to write generic kernel exploits by removing one source of knowledge where things are in the kernel.

This was originally committed in the kernel in upstream commit 59365d13 but was later reverted in 33e0d57f. It's unlikely that the upstream kernel would accept this patch again, so what we could do at our side is to "chmod -r /proc/kallsyms" in our bootup scripts. And make sure it doesn't break anything.


Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2010-11-22 04:23:54 UTC
Do it in the kernel, or don't do it. Doing it in initscripts is a kludge.

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