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Date:   Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:02:32 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [RESEND PATCH] Allow passing tid or pid in SCM_CREDENTIALS
 without CAP_SYS_ADMIN

From: Prakash Sangappa <>
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:12:20 -0700

> Currently passing tid(gettid(2)) of a thread in struct ucred in
> SCM_CREDENTIALS message requires CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability otherwise
> it fails with EPERM error. Some applications deal with thread id
> of a thread(tid) and so it would help to allow tid in SCM_CREDENTIALS
> message. Basically, either tgid(pid of the process) or the tid of
> the thread should be allowed without the need for CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability.
> SCM_CREDENTIALS will be used to determine the global id of a process or
> a thread running inside a pid namespace.
> This patch adds necessary check to accept tid in SCM_CREDENTIALS
> struct ucred.
> Signed-off-by: Prakash Sangappa <>

I'm pretty sure that by the descriptions in previous changes to this
function, what you are proposing is basically a minor form of PID
spoofing which we only want someone with CAP_SYS_ADMIN over the
PID namespace to be able to do.

Sorry, I'm not applying this.

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