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SubjectRe: CLONE_PARENT after setns(CLONE_NEWPID)
Quoting Andy Lutomirski (luto@amacapital.net):
> On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM, Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com> wrote:
> > Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com> writes:
> >
> >> Hi Serge,
> >>
> >> On 11/06, Serge Hallyn wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Hi Oleg,
> >>>
> >>> commit 40a0d32d1eaffe6aac7324ca92604b6b3977eb0e :
> >>> "fork: unify and tighten up CLONE_NEWUSER/CLONE_NEWPID checks"
> >>> breaks lxc-attach in 3.12. That code forks a child which does
> >>> setns() and then does a clone(CLONE_PARENT). That way the
> >>> grandchild can be in the right namespaces (which the child was
> >>> not) and be a child of the original task, which is the monitor.
> >
> > Serge that is a clever trick to get around the limitation that we can
> > not change the pid namespace of our current process. Given the
> > challenging relaying of signals etc I can see why you would use this.
> >
> > At the same time it makes me a little sad to see new users of
> > CLONE_PARENT. With CLONE_THREAD in existence the original reasons for
> > CLONE_PARENT are gone now.
> >
> > Having used bash as an init process I know it can handle unexpeted
> > children. However using CLONE_PARENT in this way still seems a little
> > dodgy. Or am I misunderstanding why you are using CLONE_PARENT?
> >
> > That trick sounds like it might be worth adding to nsenter in util-linux
> > just to simplify the code.
> >
> >> Thanks...
> >>
> >> Yes, this is what 40a0d32d1ea explicitly tries to disallow.
> >>
> >>> Is there a real danger in allowing CLONE_PARENT
> >>> when current->nsproxy->pidns_for_children is not our pidns,
> >>> or was this done out of an "over-abundance of caution"?
> >>
> >> I am not sure... This all was based on the long discussion, and
> >> it was decided that the CLONE_PARENT check should be consistent
> >> wrt CLONE_NEWPID and pidns_for_children != task_active_pid_ns().
> >>
> >>> Can we
> >>> safely revert that new extra check?
> >>
> >> Well, usually we do not break user-space, but I am not sure about
> >> this case...
> >>
> >> Eric, Andy, what do you think?
> >>
> >> And if we allow CLONE_PARENT when ->pidns_for_children was changed,
> >> should we also allow, say, CLONE_NEWPID && CLONE_PARENT ?
> >
> > The two fundamental things I know we can not allow are:
> > - A shared signal queue aka CLONE_THREAD. Because we compute the pid
> > and uid of the signal when we place it in the queue.
> >
> > - Changing the pid and by extention pid_namespace of an existing
> > process.
> >
> > From a parents perspective there is nothing special about the pid
> > namespace, to deny CLONE_PARENT, because the parent simply won't know or
> > care.
> >
> > From the childs perspective all that is special really are shared signal
> > queues.
> >
> > User mode threading with CLONE_PARENT|CLONE_VM|CLONE_SIGHAND and tasks
> > in different pid namespaces is almost certainly going to break because
> > it is complicated. But shared signal handlers can look at per thread
> > information to know which pid namespace a process is in, so I don't know
> > of any reason not to support CLONE_PARENT|CLONE_VM|CLONE_SIGHAND threads
> > at the kernel level. It would be absolutely stupid to implement but
> > that is a different thing.
> >
> > So hmm.
> >
> > Because it can do no harm, and because it is a regression let's remove
> > the CLONE_PARENT check and send it stable.
> >
> > diff --git a/kernel/fork.c b/kernel/fork.c
> > index 086fe73..c447fbc 100644
> > --- a/kernel/fork.c
> > +++ b/kernel/fork.c
> > @@ -1174,7 +1174,7 @@ static struct task_struct *copy_process(unsigned long clone_flags,
> > * do not allow it to share a thread group or signal handlers or
> > * parent with the forking task.
> > */
> > - if (clone_flags & (CLONE_SIGHAND | CLONE_PARENT)) {
> > + if (clone_flags & (CLONE_SIGHAND)) {
> > if ((clone_flags & (CLONE_NEWUSER | CLONE_NEWPID)) ||
> > (task_active_pid_ns(current) !=
> > current->nsproxy->pid_ns_for_children))
> >
>
> Acked-by: Andy Lutomirski <luto@amacapital.net>

Also (obviously)

Acked-by: Serge E. Hallyn <serge.hallyn@ubuntu.com>



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