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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 3/8] kmod - teach call_usermodehelper() to use a namespace
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On Sun, 2015-02-08 at 20:00 +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 02/05, Ian Kent wrote:
> >
> > +int umh_enter_ns(struct task_struct *tsk, struct cred *new)
> > +{
> > + char path[NS_PATH_MAX];
> > + struct vfsmount *mnt;
> > + const char *name;
> > + pid_t pid;
> > + int err = 0;
> > +
> > + pid = task_pid_nr(tsk);
> > +
> > + /*
> > + * The user mode thread runner runs in the root init namespace
> > + * so it will see all system pids.
> > + */
> > + mnt = task_active_pid_ns(current)->proc_mnt;
> > +
> > + for (name = ns_names[0]; *name; name++) {
> > + struct file *this;
> > + int len;
> > +
> > + len = snprintf(path,
> > + NS_PATH_MAX, NS_PATH_FMT,
> > + (unsigned long) pid, name);
> > + if (len >= NS_PATH_MAX) {
> > + err = -ENAMETOOLONG;
> > + break;
> > + }
> > +
> > + this = file_open_root(mnt->mnt_root, mnt, path, O_RDONLY);
> > + if (unlikely(IS_ERR(this))) {
> > + err = PTR_ERR(this);
> > + break;
> > + }
> > +
> > + err = setns_inode(file_inode(this), 0);
> > + fput(this);
> > + if (err)
> > + break;
> > + }
> > +
> > + return err;
> > +}
>
> Yes, I need to actually read this series and setns paths, but at first glance
> there must be a simpler method to call ops->install's and switch_task_namespaces.

Yes, the namespaces implementation does seem a bit strange in this
respect. I mentioned that concern the first time I posted these. But I'm
still not that clear on the big picture of how namespace are meant to
work.

It's not just access to ops->install() that's the problem.

For each of the individual namespaces we open a file handle, to get
access to ops->install() for that namespace, install it, drop "all" the
namespaces then replace them with the new set that essentially has one
namespace changed.

>
> Sorry if this was already discussed before, but to me it looks a bit strange
> to abuse /proc/ files for this. And again, iiuc file_open_root() can fail if
> tsk has already exited (init can be multithreaded).

Not sure that the failure is a problem though as long as it's handled
since, if the init process of the container is gone (or will be gone
once were done), so is the container and the caller.

The use of proc is largely because we can't use the callers environment
to setup the process as the caller could manipulate it to subvert the
system. When not executing in a container the thread runner runs under
root init so nothing needs to be done but in a container we want to use
the init process of the container so the container's namespaces are
used. There is probably a better way to do it, suggestions welcome!

Ian




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