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SubjectRe: [RCF] [PATCH] unprivileged mount/umount
Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > > > How about a new clone option "CLONE_NOSUID"?
> > >
> > > IMO, the clone call ist the wrong place to create namespaces. It should be
> > > deprecated by a mkdir/chdir-like interface.
> >
> > And the mkdir/chdir interface already exists, see "cd /proc/NNN/root".
>
> That's the chdir part.
>
> The mkdir part is clone() or unshare().
>
> How else do you propose to create new namespaces?

This is not a proposal - I'm not saying it's pretty - but a suggestion
that you can use today.

Use clone(), and then have the child task open "/" and pass that file
descriptor back to the parent process using a unix socket. The child
can exit and the parent can use the new namespace how it likes. Short
and sweet, and you can create as many namespaces as you like :)

That's mkdir done.

You can't do a lot with the new namespace, because of the security
restrictions on mount() on a foreign namespace. That's what I meant
about the "small fixes" - get rid of the current->namespace checks and
it'll be usable.

I don't see the purpose of current->namespace and the associated mount
restrictions at all. I asked Al Viro what it's for, but haven't seen
a reply :( IMHO current->namespace should simply be removed, because the
"current namespace" is represented just fine by
current->fs->rootmnt->mnt_namespace.

-- Jamie
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