Bug 1184900 (CVE-2021-3493)

Summary: VUL-1: CVE-2021-3493: kernel-source: overlayfs fs caps privilege escalation
Product: [Novell Products] SUSE Security Incidents Reporter: Alexander Bergmann <abergmann>
Component: IncidentsAssignee: Security Team bot <security-team>
Status: RESOLVED INVALID QA Contact: Security Team bot <security-team>
Severity: Minor    
Priority: P4 - Low CC: abergmann, bpetkov, ddiss, smash_bz
Version: unspecified   
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Hardware: Other   
OS: Other   
URL: https://smash.suse.de/issue/282190/
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Description Alexander Bergmann 2021-04-16 15:04:12 UTC

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[CVE-2021-3493] Ubuntu Linux kernel overlayfs fs caps privilege escalation

From: Steve Beattie 
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 14:31:14 -0700


An independent security researcher reported via the SSD Secure
Disclosure program that the overlayfs stacking file system within the
Linux kernel as used within Ubuntu did not properly validate the
application of file capabilities against user namespaces.

This issue is likely Ubuntu specific, as Ubuntu carries a patch to
enable unprivileged overlayfs mounts. The combination of that patch
plus allowing unprivileged user namespaces by default in Ubuntu allows
an unprivileged attacker to gain elevated privileges.

A commit that addresses the issue was applied in the upstream kernel:

  7c03e2cda4a5 ("vfs: move cap_convert_nscap() call into vfs_setxattr()") (v5.10)


It was added prior to the upstream kernel commit allowing unprivileged
overlayfs mounts:

  459c7c565ac3 ("ovl: unprivieged mounts") (v5.11)


Thus the upstream Linux kernel is not affected.

Steve Beattie


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[CVE-2021-3493] Ubuntu Linux kernel overlayfs fs caps privilege escalation Steve Beattie (Apr 16)

Comment 4 David Disseldorp 2021-04-16 22:34:19 UTC
I think we're okay here. We don't carry overlayfs unprivileged mount support (FS_USERNS_MOUNT) in any SLE branches.
Comment 5 Borislav Petkov 2021-04-17 08:15:47 UTC
Ok, thx. Bouncing back.
Comment 6 Alexander Bergmann 2021-04-20 14:35:34 UTC
Closing as invalid.