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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/7] ns: Introduce the setns syscall
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"Rémi Denis-Courmont" <remi@remlab.net> writes:

> Le samedi 7 mai 2011 05:24:56 Eric W. Biederman, vous avez écrit :
>> Pieces of this puzzle can also be solved by instead of
>> coming up with a general purpose system call coming up
>> with targed system calls perhaps socketat that solve
>> a subset of the larger problem. Overall that appears
>> to be more work for less reward.
>
> socketat() is still required for multithreaded namespace-aware userspace, I
> believe.

The network namespace is a per task property so there are no problems
with multithreaded network namespace aware userspace applications. The
implementation of a userspace socketat will still need to disable signal
handling around the network namespace switch to be signal safe. Which
means that ultimately a kernel version of socketat may be desirable,
for performance reasons but I know of know correctness reasons to need
it.

For the time being I have simply removed socketat from what I plan to
merge because it is not strictly needed, I don't yet have a test case
for socketat, and I don't have as much time to work on this as I
would like.

There is one bug a multi-threaded network namespace aware user space
application might run into, and that is /proc/net is a symlink to
/proc/self. Which means that if you open /proc/net/foo from a task with
a different network namespace than your the task whose tid equals your
tgid, the /proc/net will return the wrong file. Still you can
avoid even that silliness by opening /proc/<tid>/net.

Eric
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