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Date:   Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:24:31 -0700
From:   Dmitry Torokhov <>
To:     "David S. Miller" <>
Cc:     Tyler Hicks <>,
        "Serge E. Hallyn" <>,
        James Morris <>,
        "Eric W. Biederman" <>,,
Subject: [PATCH] net: Use ns_capable_noaudit() when determining net sysctl

From: Tyler Hicks <>

The capability check should not be audited since it is only being used
to determine the inode permissions. A failed check does not indicate a
violation of security policy but, when an LSM is enabled, a denial audit
message was being generated.

The denial audit message caused confusion for some application authors
because root-running Go applications always triggered the denial. To
prevent this confusion, the capability check in net_ctl_permissions() is
switched to the noaudit variant.


Signed-off-by: Tyler Hicks <>
Acked-by: Serge E. Hallyn <>
Signed-off-by: James Morris <>
[dtor: reapplied after e79c6a4fc923 ("net: make net namespace sysctls
belong to container's owner") accidentally reverted the change.]
Signed-off-by: Dmitry Torokhov <>
 net/sysctl_net.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/sysctl_net.c b/net/sysctl_net.c
index c5d37f4..9199813 100644
--- a/net/sysctl_net.c
+++ b/net/sysctl_net.c
@@ -44,7 +44,7 @@ static int net_ctl_permissions(struct ctl_table_header *head,
 	struct net *net = container_of(head->set, struct net, sysctls);
 	/* Allow network administrator to have same access as root. */
-	if (ns_capable(net->user_ns, CAP_NET_ADMIN)) {
+	if (ns_capable_noaudit(net->user_ns, CAP_NET_ADMIN)) {
 		int mode = (table->mode >> 6) & 7;
 		return (mode << 6) | (mode << 3) | mode;


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