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SubjectRe: Proposal: CAP_PAYLOAD to reduce Meltdown and Spectre mitigation costs
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On 01/06/2018 10:02 PM, Alan Cox wrote:
>> I propose to create a new capability, CAP_PAYLOAD, that allows the
>> system administrator to designate an application as the main workload in
>> that system. Other processes (like sshd or monitoring daemons) exist to
>> support it, and so it makes sense to protect the rest of the system from
>> their being compromised.
> Much more general would be to do this with cgroups both for group-group
> trust and group-kernel trust levels.
>

I think capabilities will work just as well with cgroups. The container
manager will set CAP_PAYLOAD to payload containers; and if those run an
init system or a container manager themselves, they'll drop CAP_PAYLOAD
for all process/sub-containers but their payloads.

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