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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] New system call, unshare
Quoting Florian Weimer (
> * Janak Desai:
> > With unshare, namespace setup can be done using PAM session
> > management functions without patching individual commands.
> I don't think it's a good idea to use security-critical code well

Note that this patch is not removing the CAP_SYS_ADMIN requirement,
just allowing the operation to happen outside of clone(). Unlike
domain transitions in selinux, which should be tied to exec() so
as to tie them to known code, I don't see what clone() would provide
in terms of safety which we are losing.

> without its original specification. Clearly the current situation
> sucks, but this is mainly a lack of PAM functionality, IMHO.

I'm not sure this is to do with PAM functionality, rather than
just its design. Is there a way of "fixing" pam so that we don't
need unshare()?

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