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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/20] ceph: Ceph distributed file system client v0.10
On Thu, 16 Jul 2009, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Sage Weil <sage@newdream.net> writes:
>
> > This is v0.10 of the Ceph distributed file system client.
> >
> > Changes since v0.9:
> > - fixed unaligned memory access (thanks for heads up to Stefan Richter)
> > - a few code cleanups
> > - MDS reconnect and op replay bugfixes. (The main milestone here is
> > stable handling of MDS server failures and restarts, tested by
> > running various workloads with the servers in restart loops.)
> >
> > What would people like to see for this to be merged into fs/?
>
> Some more comments in the code probably wouldn't help. e.g. each
> file should have some description at the top what it does.

Will do.

> What I always wonder with new complex networking protocols
> (which ceph essentially is): has there been some auditing/testing
> what happens when a server feeds unexpected/out of bounds data
> to the client? e.g. a security audit would be good. Otherwise
> you might end up with remote exploits.

There are some macros I use for parsing incoming messages that check the
message bounds, so there's no danger of walking past the end of the
message (see decode.h in patch 15/20).

I don't always verify that things like element counts are "sane", though,
so there's currently the possibility of trying to allocate large chunks of
memory. Protecting against that sort of malicious data from the server is
difficult in general, and I'm not sure what the best approach is. The
server needs to be trusted to some extent or another. Client and server
authentication isn't implemented yet, but the plan is for the client to
have a cryptographic key (or keys) to authenticate both itself and the
server before exchanging any meaningful data.
sage


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