Bug 765814 - root can't access user mounted images
root can't access user mounted images
Product: Virtualization Tools
Classification: Community
Component: libguestfs (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Richard W.M. Jones
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Reported: 2011-12-09 09:12 EST by Pádraig Brady
Modified: 2016-01-04 09:46 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2011-12-30 07:14:40 EST
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Description Pádraig Brady 2011-12-09 09:12:17 EST
## Ancillary info
$ head -n1 /etc/issue
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation release 6.2 (Santiago)
$ rpm -q libguestfs
$ getenforce 
$ id
uid=162(nova) gid=162(nova) groups=162(nova),99(nobody),107(qemu),493(fuse) context=unconfined_u:unconfined_r:unconfined_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023
$ ls -lad /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/ /tmp/disk
-rw-r--r--. 1 nova nova 23068672 Dec  9 14:00 /tmp/disk
drwx------. 2 nova nova     4096 Dec  9 13:06 /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/

## Now mount the image as the nova user
# runuser -s /bin/bash nova
$ guestmount --rw -a /tmp/disk -m /dev/sda /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/

## That worked and we can create files in the /root directory therein
$ ls -lad /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/root
drwx------. 3 root root 1024 Dec  9 13:45 /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/root
$ touch /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/root/a

## However we can't chdir? Is this a bug?
$ cd /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/root
bash: cd: /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/root: Permission denied

## Anyway the above is compounded by the fact that the root user
## can't access the user mounted fuse file system at all
# ls -lad /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/
ls: cannot access /tmp/tmpXR3TxB/: Permission denied

Perhaps a fuse issue?
Anyway for the moment for me it mandates I run guestmount as root
Comment 1 Richard W.M. Jones 2011-12-09 09:50:01 EST
FUSE doesn't let users see each other's mounts, unless
you change some options.  See:
and the output of
guestmount --fuse-help
Comment 2 Pádraig Brady 2011-12-09 10:39:07 EST
OK trying that gives a further 2 issues:

$ guestmount --rw -o allow_root -a /tmp/disk -m /dev/sda /tmp/bb
fusermount: option allow_other only allowed if 'user_allow_other' is set in /etc/fuse.conf
$ echo $?

First is that EXIT_SUCCESS is returned for this failure to mount.
Richard has fixed that bug already in libguestfs :)
So I'm not logging separately.

The second is that I'd need to do this in my packaging:
  echo user_allow_other >> /etc/fuse.conf
I'm not sure if we could safely remove on package removal.
I guess we could tag it with a comment if the file supports comments.
The bigger security issue though, is that it might expose
the root user to arbitrary setuid files etc.

So I'm thinking it might be best to keep running guestmount as root,
as we need to access the mounted image as root anyway due to the
"cd issue" mentioned in comment #1
Comment 3 Pádraig Brady 2011-12-30 07:14:40 EST
The EXIT_SUCCESS issue was fixed in libguestfs-1.14.7-1
The root access restriction is by design, so closing...

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