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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm 5/7] add user namespace
On Jul 14, 2006, at 13:05:23, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> Quoting Eric W. Biederman (
>> Capabilities have always fitted badly in with the normal unix
>> permissions.
> Well they're not supposed to fit in.
> If we keep permchecks as uid==0 on files which invoke kernel
> callbacks, then we can only say once what root is allowed to do.
> If we make them capability checks, then for differnet uses of
> namespaces we can have them do different things. For instance if
> we're making a separate user namespace for a checkpoint/restart
> purpose, we might want root to retain more privs than if we're
> making a vserver.
> Look I just have to keep responding because you keep provoking :),
> but I'm looking at other code and don't even know which entries
> we're talking about. If when I get to looking at them I find they
> really should be done by capabilities, I'll submit a patch and we
> can argue then.

Capabilities are not a single fundamental privilege set and they
don't interact at all nicely with virtualization. If we're going to
do this properly we need to divide capabilities up into different
sets applied to different objects. For example, the CAP_DAC_OVERRIDE
capability should _really_ be per (PID,vfsmount) pair, although that
would probably be exceptionally inefficient, so as an optimization we
could make it per (PID,target_uid_ns) pair. That maps very
conveniently to the kernel keyring system, where we can make a "uid"
keytype indexed by target_uid_ns and containing three things: A
process-manipulation UID (think euid), a file-manipulation UID (think
fsuid), and a set of per-uid-ns capabilities. Similar mappings
should be set up for most of the other capabilities. Normal cap_set
and cap_get and capable() calls on those particular capabilities
should look up and modify the "uid" key associated with the current-
>nsproxy->uidns namespace, and extra calls should be added to modify
capabilities with respect to specific UID namespaces.

Here's a list of capabilities that should probably be in each "uid" key:

Kyle Moffett

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