Re: [patch 2/8] allow unprivileged umount

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]


Miklos Szeredi <[email protected]> writes:

> Does this mean, that containers will need this?  Or that you don't
> know yet?

The uid namespace is something we have to handle carefully and we
have not decided on the final design.

What is clear is that all permission checks will need to become
either (uid namspace, uid) tuple comparisons.  Or struct user
pointer comparisons.  To see if we are talking about the same

So the eventual uid namespace combined with the possibility
for rlimits if we use struct user *.  See to make using a struct
user a clear win.

>> storing a user struct on each mount point seems sane, plus it allows
>> per user mount rlimits which is major plus.  Especially since we
>> seem to be doing accounting only for user mounts a per user rlimit
>> seems good.
> I'm not against per-user rlimits for mounts, but I'd rather do this
> later...

Then let's add a non-discriminate limit.  Instead of a limit that
applies only to root.

>> To get the user we should be user fs_uid as HPA suggested.
> fsuid is exclusively used for checking file permissions, which we
> don't do here anymore.  So while it could be argued, that mount() _is_
> a filesystem operation, it is really a different sort of filesystem
> operation than the rest.
> OTOH it wouldn't hurt to use fsuid instead of ruid...

Yes.  I may be confused but I'm pretty certain we want either
the fsuid or the euid to be the mount owner.  ruid just looks wrong.
The fsuid is a special case of the effective uid.  Which is who
we should perform operations as.  Unless I'm just confused.

>> Finally I'm pretty certain the capability we should care about in
>> this context is CAP_SETUID.  Instead of CAP_SYS_ADMIN.
>> If we have CAP_SETUID we can become which ever user owns the mount,
>> and the root user in a container needs this, so he can run login
>> programs.  So changing the appropriate super user checks from
>> CAP_SYS_ADMIN to CAP_SETUID I think is the right thing todo.
> That's a flawed logic.  If you want to mount as a specific user, and
> you have CAP_SETUID, then just use set*uid() and then mount().

Totally agreed for mount.

> Changing the capability check for mount() would break the userspace
> ABI.

Sorry I apparently wasn't clear.  CAP_SETUID should be the capability
check for umount.

Hopefully my other more detail replies helped with this.

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to [email protected]
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

[Index of Archives]     [Kernel Newbies]     [Netfilter]     [Bugtraq]     [Photo]     [Stuff]     [Gimp]     [Yosemite News]     [MIPS Linux]     [ARM Linux]     [Linux Security]     [Linux RAID]     [Video 4 Linux]     [Linux for the blind]     [Linux Resources]
  Powered by Linux