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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] net: Implement SO_PASSCGROUP to enable passing cgroup path
On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:13:31AM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:

[..]
> > Ok, so passing cgroup information is not necessarily a problem as long
> > as it is not used for authentication. So say somebody is just logging
> > all the client request and which cgroup client was in, that should not
> > be a problem.
>
> Do you consider correct attribution of logging messages to be
> important? If so, then this is a kind of authentication, albeit one
> where the impact of screwing it up is a bit lower.

So not passing cgroup information makes attribution more correct. Just
logging of information is authentication how? Both kernel and user space
log message into /var/log/messages and kernel messages are prefixed with
"kernel". So this somehow becomes are sort of authentication. I don't
get it.

>
> >
> > I agree that before somebody uses cgroup information for authentication
> > purposes, may be there needs to be a bigger debate whether this info
> > can be used safely for authentication purposes or not and in what
> > circumstances it is safe to use for authentication.
>
> I thought that the original intended user of these patches was SSSD.
> I have no idea what SSSD wanted them for, but I think it may better.

SSSD wanted to use this information too. And I think this is a good time
to revisit and discuss can cgroup information be used safely for
authentication or not.

>
> >
> > But that does not mean that API to pass the cgroup information around is
> > wrong.
> >
>
> It may not be wrong, but it might be extremely difficult or impossible
> to use it safely. I think that's something to avoid.

Atleast I can't see a problem with logging example yet.

Thanks
Vivek


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