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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/3] seccomp trap to userspace
On Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 5:05 PM, Serge E. Hallyn <serge@hallyn.com> wrote:
> Quoting Andy Lutomirski (luto@kernel.org):
>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 4:09 PM, Christian Brauner
>> <christian.brauner@canonical.com> wrote:
>> > On Sun, Feb 04, 2018 at 11:49:43AM +0100, Tycho Andersen wrote:
>> >> Several months ago at Linux Plumber's, we had a discussion about adding a
>> >> feature to seccomp which would allow seccomp to trigger a notification for some
>> >> other process. Here's a draft of that feature.
>> >>
>> >> Patch 1 contains the bulk of it, patches 2 & 3 offer an alternative way to
>> >> acquire the fd that receives notifications via ptrace (the method in patch 1
>> >> poses some problems). Other suggestions for how to acquire one of these fds
>> >> would be welcome.
>> >>
>> >> Take a close look at the synchronization. I think I've got it right, but I
>> >> probably don't :)
>> >>
>> >> Thanks!
>> >>
>> >> Tycho Andersen (3):
>> >> seccomp: add a return code to trap to userspace
>> >> seccomp: hoist out filter resolving logic
>> >> seccomp: add a way to get a listener fd from ptrace
>> >>
>> >> arch/Kconfig | 7 +
>> >> include/linux/seccomp.h | 14 +-
>> >> include/uapi/linux/ptrace.h | 1 +
>> >> include/uapi/linux/seccomp.h | 18 +-
>> >> kernel/ptrace.c | 4 +
>> >> kernel/seccomp.c | 467 ++++++++++++++++++++++++--
>> >> tools/testing/selftests/seccomp/seccomp_bpf.c | 180 +++++++++-
>> >> 7 files changed, 653 insertions(+), 38 deletions(-)
>> >
>> > Hey,
>> >
>> > So, I've been following the discussion silently in the background and I
>> > see that it got sidetracked into seccomp + ebpf. While I can see that
>> > there is value in adding epbf support to seccomp I'd really like to see
>> > this decoupled from this patchset. Afaict, this patchset would just work
>> > fine without the ebpf portion (but I might be just have missed the
>> > point). So if possible I would like to see a second version of this with
>> > the comments accounted for and - if possible - have this up for merging
>> > independent of the ebpf patchset that's floating around.
>> >
>>
>> The issue is that it might be (and, then again, might not be) nicer to
>> to *synchronously* call out to the monitor in the filter. eBPF can do
>> that very cleanly, whereas classic BPF can't.
>
> Hm, synchronously - that brings to mind a thought... I should re-look at
> Tycho's patches first, but, if I'm in a container, start some syscall that
> gets trapped to userspace, then I hit ctrl-c. I'd like to be able to have
> the handler be interrupted and have it return -EINTR. Is that going to
> be possible with the synchronous approach?

I think so, but it should be possible with the classic async approach
too. The main issue is the difference between a classic filter like
this (pseudocode):

if (nr == SYS_mount) return TRAP_TO_USERSPACE;

and the eBPF variant:

if (nr == SYS_mount) trap_to_userspace();

I admit that it's still not 100% clear to me that the latter is
genuinely more useful than the former.

The case where I think the synchronous function call is a huge win is this one:

if (nr == SYS_mount) {
log("Someone called mount with args %lx\n", ...);
return RET_KILL;
}

The idea being that the log message wouldn't show up in the kernel log
-- it would get sent to the listener socket belonging to whoever
created the filter, and that process could then go and log it
properly. This would work perfectly in containers and in totally
unprivileged applications like Chromium.

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