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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 0/3] fork: Add the ability to create tasks with given pids
Hello, Pavel.

On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 01:15:02PM +0400, Pavel Emelyanov wrote:
> Then I introduce the kernel.ns_last_pid sysctl that is allows for MAY_OPEN | MAP_WRITE for
> the namespace's init only and allows for MAY_WRITE for anyone else. Thus, if we want to
> write to this file from non-init task it must have the respective fd inherited from the init
> on fork. It works OK for checkpoint/restore.
>
> The patch is:
>
>
> diff --git a/kernel/pid_namespace.c b/kernel/pid_namespace.c
> index e9c9adc..3686a07 100644
> --- a/kernel/pid_namespace.c
> +++ b/kernel/pid_namespace.c
> @@ -15,6 +15,7 @@
> #include <linux/acct.h>
> #include <linux/slab.h>
> #include <linux/proc_fs.h>
> +#include <linux/sysctl.h>
>
> #define BITS_PER_PAGE (PAGE_SIZE*8)
>
> @@ -191,9 +192,54 @@ void zap_pid_ns_processes(struct pid_namespace *pid_ns)
> return;
> }
>
> +static int pid_ns_ctl_permissions(struct nsproxy *namespaces,
> + struct ctl_table *table, int op)
> +{
> + int mode = 0644;
> +
> + if ((op & MAY_OPEN) &&
> + current != namespaces->pid_ns->child_reaper)
> + /*
> + * Writing to this sysctl is allowed only for init
> + * and to whoever it grands the open file
> + */
> + mode &= ~0222;
> +
> + return sysctl_test_perm(mode, op);
> +}
> +
> +static struct ctl_table_root pid_ns_root = {
> + .permissions = pid_ns_ctl_permissions,
> +};

Hmmm... I hope this could be prettier. I'm having trouble following
where the MAY_OPEN comes from. Can you please explain? Can't we for
now allow this for root and then later allow CAP_CHECKPOINT that
Cyrill suggested? Or do we want to allow setting pids even w/o CR for
NS creator?

> +static int pid_ns_ctl_handler(struct ctl_table *table, int write,
> + void __user *buffer, size_t *lenp, loff_t *ppos)
> +{
> + struct ctl_table tmp = *table;
> + tmp.data = &current->nsproxy->pid_ns->last_pid;
> + return proc_dointvec(&tmp, write, buffer, lenp, ppos);
> +}

Probably better to call set_last_pid() on write path instead?

> Well, after a bit more thinking I found one more pros for this
> sysctl - when restoring a container we'll have the possibility to
> set the last_pid to what we want to prevent the pids reuse after the
> restore.

Hmmm... I personally like this one better. Restoring multilevel pids
would be more tedious but should still be possible and I really like
that it's staying out of clone path and all modifications are to ns
and pid code. Oleg, what do you think?

Thank you.

--
tejun


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