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netfilter: conntrack: disable generic tracking for known protocols

Given following iptables ruleset:

-P FORWARD DROP
-A FORWARD -m sctp --dport 9 -j ACCEPT
-A FORWARD -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
-A FORWARD -p tcp -m conntrack -m state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

One would assume that this allows SCTP on port 9 and TCP on port 80.
Unfortunately, if the SCTP conntrack module is not loaded, this allows
*all* SCTP communication, to pass though, i.e. -p sctp -j ACCEPT,
which we think is a security issue.

This is because on the first SCTP packet on port 9, we create a dummy
"generic l4" conntrack entry without any port information (since
conntrack doesn't know how to extract this information).

All subsequent packets that are unknown will then be in established
state since they will fallback to proto_generic and will match the
'generic' entry.

Our originally proposed version [1] completely disabled generic protocol
tracking, but Jozsef suggests to not track protocols for which a more
suitable helper is available, hence we now mitigate the issue for in
tree known ct protocol helpers only, so that at least NAT and direction
information will still be preserved for others.

 [1] http://www.spinics.net/lists/netfilter-devel/msg33430.html

Joint work with Daniel Borkmann.

Signed-off-by: Florian Westphal <fw@strlen.de>
Signed-off-by: Daniel Borkmann <dborkman@redhat.com>
Acked-by: Jozsef Kadlecsik <kadlec@blackhole.kfki.hu>
Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <pablo@netfilter.org>

Conflicts:
	net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_generic.c

Change-Id: I5f7ddfa2d29672cc4533ad907bd7605bdc6c4bf7
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Florian Westphal authored and andi34 committed Sep 26, 2014
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  1. +25 −1 net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_generic.c
@@ -14,6 +14,30 @@
static unsigned int nf_ct_generic_timeout __read_mostly = 600*HZ;
static bool nf_generic_should_process(u8 proto)
{
switch (proto) {
#ifdef CONFIG_NF_CT_PROTO_SCTP_MODULE
case IPPROTO_SCTP:
return false;
#endif
#ifdef CONFIG_NF_CT_PROTO_DCCP_MODULE
case IPPROTO_DCCP:
return false;
#endif
#ifdef CONFIG_NF_CT_PROTO_GRE_MODULE
case IPPROTO_GRE:
return false;
#endif
#ifdef CONFIG_NF_CT_PROTO_UDPLITE_MODULE
case IPPROTO_UDPLITE:
return false;
#endif
default:
return true;
}
}
static bool generic_pkt_to_tuple(const struct sk_buff *skb,
unsigned int dataoff,
struct nf_conntrack_tuple *tuple)
@@ -56,7 +80,7 @@ static int packet(struct nf_conn *ct,
static bool new(struct nf_conn *ct, const struct sk_buff *skb,
unsigned int dataoff)
{
return true;
return nf_generic_should_process(nf_ct_protonum(ct));
}
#ifdef CONFIG_SYSCTL

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