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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/5] v2 seccomp_filters: Enable ftrace-based system call filtering

* Gleb Natapov <gleb@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:57:51AM +0300, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> > Hi Avi,
> >
> > On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Avi Kivity <avi@redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> > > You mean each thread will have a different security context?  I
> > > don't see the point.  All threads share all of memory so it
> > > would be trivial for one thread to exploit another and gain all
> > > of its privileges.
> >
> > So how would that happen? I'm assuming that once the security
> > context has been set up for a thread, you're not able to change
> > it after that. You'd be able to exploit other threads through
> > shared memory but how would you gain privileges?
>
> By tricking other threads to execute code for you. Just replace
> return address on the other's thread stack.

That kind of exploit is not possible if the worker pool consists of
processes - which would be rather easy to achieve with tools/kvm/.

In that model each process has its own stack, not accessible to other
worker processes. They'd only share the guest RAM image and some
(minimal) global state.

This way the individual devices are (optionally) isolated from each
other. In a way this is a microkernel done right ;-)

Thanks,

Ingo
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