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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] kobject: support namespace aware udev
On 9/9/2015 4:09 PM, Greg KH wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 03:05:29PM -0400, Michael J Coss wrote:
>> On 9/8/2015 11:54 PM, Greg KH wrote:
>>> On Tue, Sep 08, 2015 at 10:10:27PM -0400, Michael J. Coss wrote:
>>>> Currently when a uevent occurs, the event is replicated and sent to every
>>>> listener on the kernel netlink socket, ignoring network namespaces boundaries,
>>>> forwarding events to every listener in every network namespace.
>>>> With the expanded use of containers, it would be useful to be able to
>>>> regulate this flow of events to specific containers. By restricting
>>>> the events to only the host network namespace, it allows for a userspace
>>>> program to provide a system wide policy on which events are routed where.
>>> Interesting, but why do you need a container to get a uevent at all?
>>> What uevents do a container care about?
>>> thanks,
>>> greg k-h
>> In our use case, we run a full desktop inside the container, including
>> X.
> Ugh, I was worried you were going to say that :(
>> We run the Xserver in headless mode, and forward a uevent to the
>> container to allow binding/unbinding of remote keyboard, mice, and
>> displays. So I want the add/del keyboard events, add/del mouse events,
>> and add/del display events. This is just one use case, I could image
>> others. The bottom line is that the current behavior is to broadcast to
>> everyone all uevents, and I don't see that as correct as it crosses the
>> network namespace boundaries. It seems to me that you would want to
>> provide controls as to where you want to forward those uevents, and
>> that is not a policy that I believe should be in the kernel but rather
>> in user space.
> devices are not in namespaces, which is why we don't partition them off
> at all. And that's why I really don't want to add this type of
> filtering either. It's up to the "master" container/process/whatever to
> send uevents to child containers if it really wants to. If we were to
> ever have devices bound only to namespaces, then it would make sense to
> only send the uevents for those devices to that namespace.
> But as that's never going to happen, I don't want to give people a false
> sense of "separation" here that isn't really there at all.
> sorry,
> greg k-h
Agreed that devices are not in namespaces, but the events are, or at
least could be. That master is the host, and to do that I want to
forward events that the host receives to those individual containers.
But since the kernel is broadcasting them, I can't have that policy on
the host, and would have to filter on each container. Or I can do as
you say and have the master forward events. I don't see this as putting
the devices into a namespace, but rather managing devices from the
outside and notifying the container of the event. Just like plugging in
a monitor to the container.

---Michael J Coss

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