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SubjectRe: CLONE_NEWNS and bind mounts to make "chroot" jail
Quoting Leibowitz, Michael (
> I have been trying to use the combination of CLONE_NEWNS and bind mounts
> to create a better (than) chroot jail. I wish to have the ability to
> bind (ro will be possible in the future, I understand) certain
> directories into the jail (perhaps /bin, /lib, /usr), but not have
> parallel directories in the jail (no /etc, ..., /home).
> I have heard that this should be possible, but have yet to get a working
> solution.
> I have tried something analogous to:

Try a few more things. Since you had entered /jail, you can view '/' by
looking at .. . But if you look at /, you dereference your
task->fsroot. You never changed that, so it points to the original
mount. If however you 'ls ..', you should see your 'jail' directory.
However it won't have the /bin and /lib mounted because you didn't
mount --rbind /jail /
What you really want to do is
mount --bind /jail /jail
to make sure it's a mountpoint, then set up the new /jail using bind
mounts like you're doing (and likely some rbinds in some places), then
use pivot_root() to change your root. Then umount2("/old_root",


> chdir("/jail");
> unshare(CLONE_NEWNS);
> /* mount(8) syntax given for simplicity, but mount(2) used below */
> mount --bind / /jail/old_root
> mount --bind /jail/old_root/bin /jail/bin
> mount --bind /jail/old_root/usr /jail/usr
> mount --bind /jail/old_root/lib /jail/lib
> mount --bind /jail / # does nothing?
> umount2("/old_root", MNT_DETACH); # never happens.
> exec("bin/sh");
> When bin/sh runs, I can still see old_root from /jail and the bind of
> /jail over / seems to have not done anything.
> Is it possible to create such a jail with bind mounts? Is there a
> recommended method for doing so? Thank you for your time.
> --
> Michael Leibowitz
> Software Engineer, UMG
> Intel Corporation
> michael.leibowitz at
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