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SubjectRe: ide-cd problems
Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 03 2004, Alan Cox wrote:
>>On Sad, 2004-07-31 at 21:00, Jens Axboe wrote:
>>>If you want it to work that way, you have the have a pass-through filter
>>>in the kernel knowing what commands are out there (including vendor
>>>specific ones). That's just too ugly and not really doable or
>>>maintainable, sorry.
>>I disagree providing you turn it the other way around. The majority of
>>scsi commands have to be protected because you can destroy the drive
>>with some of them or bypass the I/O layers. (Eg using SG_IO to do writes
>>to raw disk to bypass auditing layers)
>>So you need CAP_SYS_RAWIO for most commands. You can easily build a list
>>of sane commands for a given media type that are harmless and it fits
>>the kernel role of a gatekeeper to do that.
> So that's where we vehemently disagree - it fits the kernel role, if you
> allow it to control policy all of a sudden. And it's not easy, unless
> you do it per specific device (not just type, make and model).
>>Providing the 'allowed' function is driver level and we also honour
>>read/write properly for that case (so it doesnt bypass block I/O
>>restrictions and fail the least suprise test) then it seems quite
>>For such I/O you'd then do
>> if(capable(CAP_SYS_RAWIO) || driver->allowed(driver, blah, cmdblock))
>>If the allowed function filters positively "unknown is not allowed" and
>>the default allowed function is simply "no" it works.
> Until there's a new valid command for some device, in which case you
> have to update your kernel?

As opposed to now when a new command comes along and the driver doesn't
generate it until you update your kernel? Reading a CD doesn't take
exotic commands, and given the choice of having users able to send
arbitrary commands to the device and not access it at all, I would say
"not at all" would be good.
>>We'd end up with a list of allowed commands for all sorts of operations
>>that don't threaten the machine while blocking vendor specific wonders
>>and also cases where users can do stuff like firmware erase.

There was a note on another list titled "Why did this work?" (from
memory) where someone accidentally run a firmware update as a normal
user and it worked. While this was a benign event, it points out that
there is a hole here far beyond my earlier worry that someone would
update a CD-RW.
> Sorry, I think this model is totally bogus and I'd absolutely refuse to
> merge any such beast into the block layer sg code.
So what is your solution? Or do you believe that allowing users to have
unmonitored access to devices is acceptable?

Is this problem only in ide-cd, or does it affect other devices like
ZIP, USB, etc, which do or may look like SCSI?

-bill davidsen (
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
last possible moment - but no longer" -me
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