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authorGreg Kroah-Hartman <>2017-01-16 16:22:39 +0100
committerGreg Kroah-Hartman <>2017-01-19 12:59:45 +0100
commit64e90a8acb8590c2468c919f803652f081e3a4bf (patch)
treec2a4f4cadffb2858aada1be1285b09bbdf64e8cb /security/Kconfig
parent377e7a27c049d6df9c1804454904e438ed12f1a4 (diff)
Introduce STATIC_USERMODEHELPER to mediate call_usermodehelper()
Some usermode helper applications are defined at kernel build time, while others can be changed at runtime. To provide a sane way to filter these, add a new kernel option "STATIC_USERMODEHELPER". This option routes all call_usermodehelper() calls through this binary, no matter what the caller wishes to have called. The new binary (by default set to /sbin/usermode-helper, but can be changed through the STATIC_USERMODEHELPER_PATH option) can properly filter the requested programs to be run by the kernel by looking at the first argument that is passed to it. All other options should then be passed onto the proper program if so desired. To disable all call_usermodehelper() calls by the kernel, set STATIC_USERMODEHELPER_PATH to an empty string. Thanks to Neil Brown for the idea of this feature. Cc: NeilBrown <> Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
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diff --git a/security/Kconfig b/security/Kconfig
index 118f4549404e..d900f47eaa68 100644
--- a/security/Kconfig
+++ b/security/Kconfig
@@ -158,6 +158,41 @@ config HARDENED_USERCOPY_PAGESPAN
been removed. This config is intended to be used only while
trying to find such users.
+ bool "Force all usermode helper calls through a single binary"
+ help
+ By default, the kernel can call many different userspace
+ binary programs through the "usermode helper" kernel
+ interface. Some of these binaries are statically defined
+ either in the kernel code itself, or as a kernel configuration
+ option. However, some of these are dynamically created at
+ runtime, or can be modified after the kernel has started up.
+ To provide an additional layer of security, route all of these
+ calls through a single executable that can not have its name
+ changed.
+ Note, it is up to this single binary to then call the relevant
+ "real" usermode helper binary, based on the first argument
+ passed to it. If desired, this program can filter and pick
+ and choose what real programs are called.
+ If you wish for all usermode helper programs are to be
+ disabled, choose this option and then set
+ STATIC_USERMODEHELPER_PATH to an empty string.
+ string "Path to the static usermode helper binary"
+ default "/sbin/usermode-helper"
+ help
+ The binary called by the kernel when any usermode helper
+ program is wish to be run. The "real" application's name will
+ be in the first argument passed to this program on the command
+ line.
+ If you wish for all usermode helper programs to be disabled,
+ specify an empty string here (i.e. "").
source security/selinux/Kconfig
source security/smack/Kconfig
source security/tomoyo/Kconfig