[commit: ghc] master: Change what +RTS options are available by default (8c7ad0b)
duncan.coutts at googlemail.com
Fri Oct 28 14:22:27 CEST 2011
Repository : ssh://darcs.haskell.org//srv/darcs/ghc
On branch : master
Author: Duncan Coutts <duncan at well-typed.com>
Date: Thu Oct 27 13:26:15 2011 +0100
Change what +RTS options are available by default
Ticket #3910 originally pointed out that the RTS options are a potential
security problem. For example the -t -s or -S flags can be used to
overwrite files. This would be bad in the context of CGI scripts or
setuid binaries. So we introduced a system where +RTS processing is more
or less disabled unless you pass the -rtsopts flag at link time.
This scheme is safe enough but it also really annoies users. They have
to use -rtsopts in many circumstances: with -threaded to use -N, with
-eventlog to use -l, with -prof to use any of the profiling flags. Many
users just set -rtsopts globally or in project .cabal files. Apart from
annoying users it reduces security because it means that deployed
binaries will have all RTS options enabled rather than just profiling
This patch relaxes the set of RTS options that are available in the
default -rtsopts=some case. For "deployment" ways like vanilla and
-threaded we remain quite conservative. Only --info -? --help are
allowed for vanilla. For -threaded, -N and -N<x> are allowed with a
check that x <= num cpus.
For "developer" ways like -debug, -eventlog, -prof, we allow all the
options that are special to that way. Some of these allow writing files,
but the file written is not directly under the control of the attacker.
For the setuid case (where the attacker would have control over binary
name, current dir, local symlinks etc) we check if the process is
running setuid/setgid and refuse all RTS option processing. Users would
need to use -rtsopts=all in this case.
We are making the assumption that developers will not deploy binaries
built in the -debug, -eventlog, -prof ways. And even if they do, the
damage should be limited to DOS, information disclosure and writing
files like <progname>.eventlog, not arbitrary files.
rts/RtsFlags.c | 131 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
1 files changed, 110 insertions(+), 21 deletions(-)
Diff suppressed because of size. To see it, use:
git show 8c7ad0bd5bf1e7f62f44784cc889e8ee585b8d08
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