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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] net: Implement SO_PASSCGROUP to enable passing cgroup path
On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM, Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:40:44AM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM, Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> wrote:
>> > On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 10:29:08AM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> >
>> > [..]
>> >> >> Admittedly cgroups aren't currently as important as uid, but if this
>> >> >> changes, then SO_PASSCGROUP, as currently written, will have *exactly*
>> >> >> the same problem.
>> >> >
>> >> > Which is easy to foil by using SO_PEERCGROUP and find out who originally
>> >> > opened the socket, which is why that is also available!
>> >>
>> >> Then please remove SO_PASSCGROUP.
>> >
>> > SO_PASSCGROUP is important because SO_PEERCGROUP does not work with unix
>> > datagram sockets.
>>
>> Right. I forgot about that.
>>
>> >
>> > Again going back to logging example, if some clients are logging to unix
>> > datagram sockets, SO_PASSCGROUP is the only option to figure out cgroup
>> > of client.
>>
>> Hmm. I think that, in your patch, the cgroup that is sent is the
>> cgroup of the caller of write/send/sendmsg. What if you changed it to
>> use the same cgroup that SO_PEERCRED would use? Would that still
>> work?
>
> No. SO_PEERCRED stores the cgroup information once at the time of
> connect(). After that it never changes.
>
> What if sender changes the cgroup. That information will not be captured.
> Also what if multiple client use the same socket fd to writer to logger?
> In that case too storing cgroup info in socket will not help.


What is the use case of SO_PEERCRED, then?

Why can't clients that change cgroup reopen the socket? They're
already cgroup-aware. As far as I know, there is probably exactly one
client that actually changes cgroups and then tries to log without
execing first: systemd (or journald as used by systemd). And this is
exactly the component that needs to change to use any new socket
option, no matter what.


>> > How would it work in logging example? Every time logger receives a
>> > message, is it supposed to send another message to client to send
>> > SCM_CGROUP? That does not sound right.
>>
>> No -- just have the logger send the cgroup with every message. Yes,
>> it seems silly, but it's probably barely more expensive than with the
>> code in your patch.
>
> So receiver gets the cgroup messages even if it might not want to. There
> is no way to say "Hey don't send me SCM_CGROUP's messages".

The receiver would only get SCM_CGROUP messages if it set SO_PASSCGROUP.

>
> Now all loggers need to be modifed to always send SCM_CGROUP messages. And
> all other more complicated cases might need a different consideration and
> clients and servers will need to be modified accordingly.
>
> I think it is much simpler to allow passing of cgroup information and
> once we figure out some concrete cases where passing of that info is
> not desirabe, implement SO_NOPASSCGROUP and modify those *selected few
> corner cases* to set this flag on sockets.

The problem with SO_NOPASSCGROUP is that the programs that would need
to set it are probably already written and don't care about cgroups.

--Andy


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