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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/5] v2 seccomp_filters: Enable ftrace-based system call filtering
On 05/26/2011 12:48 PM, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Ingo Molnar<mingo@elte.hu> wrote:
>
> > You are missing the geniality of the tools/kvm/ thread pool! :-)
> >
> > It could be switched to a worker *process* model rather easily.
> > Guest RAM and (a limited amount of) global resources would be
> > shared via mmap(SHARED), but otherwise each worker process would
> > have its own stack, its own subsystem-specific state, etc.
>
> We get VM exit events in the vcpu threads which after minimal
> processing pass much of the work to the thread pool. Most of the
> virtio work (which could be a source of vulnerability - ringbuffers
> are hard) is done in the worker task context.
>
> It would be possible to further increase isolation there by also
> passing the IO/MMIO decoding to the worker thread - but i'm not sure
> that's truly needed. Most of the risk is where most of the code is -
> and the code is in the worker task which interprets on-disk data,
> protocols, etc.

I've suggested in the past to add an "mmiofd" facility to kvm, similar
to ioeventfd. This is how it would work:

- userspace configures kvm with an mmio range and a pipe
- guest writes to that range write a packet to the pipe describing the write
- guest reads from that range write a packet to the pipe describing the
read, then wait for a reply packet with the result

The advantages would be
- avoid heavyweight exit; kvm can simply wake up a thread on another
core and resume processing
- writes can be pipelined, similar to how PCI writes are posted
- supports process separation

So far no one has posted an implementation but it should be pretty simple.

> So we could not only isolate devices from each other, but we could
> also protect the highly capable vcpu fd from exploits in devices -
> worker threads generally do not need access to the vcpu fd IIRC.

Yes.

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