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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/5] v2 seccomp_filters: Enable ftrace-based system call filtering
On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:03 AM, Linus Torvalds
<> wrote:
> On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 7:37 AM, Colin Walters <> wrote:
>> I'm curious which features you feel are esoteric and cool but unused?
> Just about anything linux-specific. Ranging from the totally new
> concepts (epoll/clone/splice/signalfd) to just simple cleanups and
> extensions of reasonably standard stuff (sync_file_range/sendpage).

epoll's very widely used via frameworks I'd say; at least the Apache
runtime uses it, libevent does, and apparently the Sun JDK does:
And here's an entry on that:

(Why doesn't glib? It's hard since the priority design was kind of a
mistake: )

> The "it can be used in standard libraries" ends up being a very
> powerful thing. It doesn't have to be libc - if something like a glib
> or a big graphical interface uses them, they can get very popular.

Right, that's the distinction I was trying to make.

> But
> if you have to have actual config options (autoconf or similar) to
> enable the feature on Linux, along with a compatibility case (because
> older kernels don't even support it, so it's not even "linux", it's
> "linux newer than xyz"), then very very few applications end up using
> it.

From my experience as a framework developer, it hasn't been hard at
all to keep track of new Linux features, we talk about them a lot =)
The fallback code is often obvious, like for splice(), though for
signalfd it's going to much more messy to keep around the legacy
helper thread case.

> Unlikely? Hell no. That's standard practice. And if you allow filter
> setup that survives fork+exec, you just opened a HUGE security hole.

Oh definitely, setuid and process inheritance has been a source of
many problems over the years, and I agree it'd be very dangerous for
the syscall filters to stay open across execve. Of course in practice
glibc secure mode exists to mitigate these things too; it could abort
if one was in place in that case.

But I was more curious about your views on Linux-specific interfaces,
and you answered that; thanks!

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