Bug 739302 - passwd will stat all files in /dev
Summary: passwd will stat all files in /dev
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: passwd
Version: 16
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tomas Mraz
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2011-09-17 11:55 UTC by Mads Kiilerich
Modified: 2012-01-25 12:22 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-01-25 12:22:38 UTC

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Description Mads Kiilerich 2011-09-17 11:55:31 UTC
# strace -o passwd.log passwd bob
Changing password for user bob.
New password: 
BAD PASSWORD: it is WAY too short
BAD PASSWORD: is a palindrome
Retype new password: 
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.

# grep /dev/ passwd.log |head -n 100
readlink("/proc/self/fd/0", "/dev/pts/0", 4095) = 10
stat("/dev/pts/0", 0x7fff129291e0)      = -1 EACCES (Permission denied)
stat("/dev/pts", 0x7fff129291e0)        = -1 EACCES (Permission denied)
stat("/dev/.", {st_mode=S_IFDIR|0755, st_size=3540, ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/..", {st_mode=S_IFDIR|0555, st_size=4096, ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/hidraw1", 0x7fff12929080)    = -1 EACCES (Permission denied)
stat("/dev/hidraw0", 0x7fff12929080)    = -1 EACCES (Permission denied)
stat("/dev/vcsa7", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 135), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcs7", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 7), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcsa2", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 130), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcs2", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 2), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcsa4", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 132), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcs4", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 4), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcsa5", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 133), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcs5", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 5), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcsa6", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 134), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcs6", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 6), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcsa3", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 131), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/vcs3", {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0660, st_rdev=makedev(7, 3), ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/v4l", {st_mode=S_IFDIR|0755, st_size=80, ...}) = 0
stat("/dev/video0", 0x7fff12929080)     = -1 EACCES (Permission denied)
stat("/dev/media0", 0x7fff12929080)     = -1 EACCES (Permission denied)

This causes
Bug 739301 - SELinux is preventing /usr/bin/passwd from 'getattr' accesses on the chr_file /dev/autofs
- and many other avcs

I guess it is caused by some pam plugin?

# rpm -q passwd

# rpm -qf /lib*/security/pam_*.so|sort|uniq

Comment 1 Tomas Mraz 2011-09-19 06:48:30 UTC
This is a regression in selinux-policy. PAM modules have to be able to call ttyname() which is doing this stat-ing if the initial stat("/dev/pts/0", 0x7fff129291e0) fails.

Comment 2 Miroslav Grepl 2011-09-19 09:30:58 UTC
Well, AFAIK we haven't had a rule for this. 

So passwd needs to stat all in /dev?

Comment 3 Tomas Mraz 2011-09-19 09:58:18 UTC
No, as I wrote above - passwd needs to be able to stat the tty device it is run on, because it calls ttyname() from glibc. If ttyname() is getting stat("/dev/pts/0", 0x7fff129291e0)      = -1 EACCES (Permission denied) as in the strace above, then it proceeds with stating all dentries in /dev/pts and then /dev in a an attempt to find the tty.

If it makes any sense or not, I do not know - glibc developers would have to say why the ttyname() implementation does what it does.

However it is certain that passwd was able to stat("/dev/pts/0") at least on F14 without problems. So there must have been some change in the selinux policy (labelling /dev/pts/* or whatever) that caused this regression.

Comment 4 Miroslav Grepl 2011-09-19 10:05:15 UTC
Let's close this bug.

I think the problem is Mads ran restorecon on /dev which causes this issue.

Comment 5 Tomas Mraz 2011-09-19 10:27:34 UTC
Huh, I did not run restorecon on /dev and I see the same failures in passwd strace on my F16 machine. Reopening. And BTW, running restorecon on system-managed directories should not break things.

Comment 6 Miroslav Grepl 2011-09-19 10:31:46 UTC
How is labeled 


# ls -Z /dev/pts

Comment 7 Tomas Mraz 2011-09-19 10:40:38 UTC
crw--w----. root tty  unconfined_u:object_r:user_devpts_t:s0 /dev/pts/0

Comment 8 Tomas Mraz 2012-01-25 12:22:38 UTC
It seems to be now working fine with the current selinux policy on F16.

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