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SubjectRe: Introspecting userns relationships to other namespaces?
Hi Serge,

On 6 July 2016 at 16:13, Serge E. Hallyn <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 06, 2016 at 10:41:48AM +0200, Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) wrote:
>> [Rats! Doing now what I should have down to start with. Looping some
>> lists and CRIU and other possibly relevant people into this
>> conversation]
>> Hi Eric,
>> On 5 July 2016 at 23:47, Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
>> > "Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)" <> writes:
>> >
>> >> Hi Eric,
>> >>
>> >> I have a question. Is there any way currently to discover which
>> >> user namespace a particular nonuser namespace is governed by?
>> >> Maybe I am missing something, but there does not seem to be a
>> >> way to do this. Also, can one discover which userns is the
>> >> parent of a given userns? Again, I can't see a way to do this.
>> >>
>> >> The point here is introspecting so that a process might determine
>> >> what its capabilities are when operating on some resource governed
>> >> by a (nonuser) namespace.
>> >
>> > To the best of my knowledge that there is not an interface to get that
>> > information. It would be good to have such an interface for no other
>> > reason than the CRIU folks are going to need it at some point. I am a
>> > bit surprised they have not complained yet.
> I don't think they need it. They do in fact have what they need. Assume
> you have tasks T1, T2, T1_1 and T2_1; T1 and T2 are in init_user_ns; T1
> spawned T1_1 in a new userns; T2 spawned T2_1 which setns()d to T1_1's ns.
> There's some {handwave} uid mapping, does not matter.
> At restart, it doesn't matter which task originally created the new userns.
> criu knows T1_1 and T2_1 are in the same userns; it creates the userns, sets
> up the mapping, and T1_1 and T2_1 setns() to it.

I'm missing something here. How does the parental relationships
between the user namespaces get reconstructed? Those relationships
will govern what capabilities a process will have in various user



Michael Kerrisk
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