Bug 78633 - Clients cannot mount exported root drive
Summary: Clients cannot mount exported root drive
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-nfs
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Brent Fox
QA Contact:
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Reported: 2002-11-26 18:44 UTC by Mark Cuss
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2002-12-16 17:50:21 UTC

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Description Mark Cuss 2002-11-26 18:44:06 UTC
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Description of problem:
If the redhat-config-nfs utility is installed on a machine and the NFS server 
is setup (either with the utility or by directly editing the /etc/exports 
file), clients cannot mount the exported root drive.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up a RedHat 8.0 system with the redhat-config-nfs utility.
2. Export the root drive to all machine on the network, either using the GUI 
utility or by editing /etc/exports.  My resulting exports line was:
/           *(rw)
3.  Restart the NFS server
4.  Attempt to mount the exported root volume on another RedHat 8 machine.  The 
server ALWAYS returns "permission denied", regardless of settings 
in /etc/exports or in the GUI utility.
5.  Now, uninstall redhat-config-nfs using redhat-config-packages.
6.  Write a new /etc/exports by hand, and restart the NFS service.
7.  The other RedHat 8 machine can now mount the volume.

Additional info:

It seems that some security "feature" has been somehow built into this redhat-
config-nfs utility which will not allow clients to mount an exported root 
partition.  Some may argue that "you shouldn't export your root partition" etc 
etc.  Our machine is behind a firewall on a private network, so the security 
risk is minimal.  If the GUI is going to enforce such a policy, it should tell 
the user so he (ie - me) doesn't spend a whole day trying to find this.

Note that this only occurs for an export of "/" (exporting /users, for example, 
works fine).  This also only occurs if the machine trying to mount the share is 
a RedHat 8 machine.  A RedHat 7.3 machine mounted the volume fine, even with 
redhat-config-nfs installed.

Comment 1 Brent Fox 2002-12-16 17:50:21 UTC
No, it wasn't any kind of security "feature".  It was just a plain old bug.  ;)

I believe that this is fixed with redhat-config-nfs-1.0.2-2 in Rawhide.  QA,
please verify.  Thanks for your report.

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