Granting a capability to a service

Andrew Lutomirski luto at
Tue Jul 21 12:42:23 UTC 2015

On Jul 21, 2015 4:18 AM, "Florian Weimer" <fweimer at> wrote:
> On 07/20/2015 07:30 PM, Andrew Lutomirski wrote:
> >> (b) Make a copy of the file, put it in a directory which only the
> >> service user can read (or ship it with 750 permissions and the service
> >> group controlling it), and set fscaps.  The downside is the large
> >> size (it has to be a copy, a link won't work).  And the service user
> >> could still run the service with command line options that allow
> >> privilege escalation.
> >>
> >
> > If you set inheritable fscaps but not permitted, this should be
> > safe.
> Empirically, this causes the capability to end up in the P set, not the
> E set, which means that the application still needs to be capability to
> enable it.  So it really doesn't help that much in the Go case, sadly.
> Although it is fairly close.

Try 2: set the capability in the inheritable set and set the effective
bit.  (The effective fscap is a single bit, not a mask.  You still program
it with "=ei" because the syntax is wrong.)


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