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SubjectRe: sysctls inside containers
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Kirill Korotaev <dev@openvz.org> writes:

> After checking proposed yours, Eric and vserver solutions, I must say that these
> all are hacks.
> If we want to virtualize sysctl we need to do it in honest way:
> multiple sysctl trees, which can be different in different namespaces.
> For example, one namespace can see /proc/sys/net/route and the other one
> not.

At least a different copy of /proc/sys/net/route :)

> Introducing helpers/handlers etc. doesn't fully solve the problem of
> visibility of different parts of sysctl tree and it's access rights.

I need to look a little deeper but I think if we add two helper
functions: One that returns the address of a value based upon our state,
and another that returns a subdirectory based upon our state I think we
should be ok.

Both of them taking a struct task_struct argument so we can make the decision
what to show based upon the calling process.

> Another example, the same network device can present in 2 namespaces and these
> are dynamically(!) created entries in sysctl.
>
> So we need to address actually 2 issues:
> - ability to limit parts of sysctl tree visibility to namespace
> - ability to limit/change sysctl access rights in namespace
>
> You can check OpenVZ for cloning sysctl tree code. It is not clean, nor elegant,
> but can be cleanuped.

Sounds like a decent idea.

What I have found so far with access rights is that if you dig deep enough
you don't need magic to make it safe. But this may only be because I have
not hit something that is fundamentally different.


Eric
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