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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/6] rtnetlink: allow RTM_SETLINK to reference other namespaces
Hi Mahesh,

On 07/11/2019 21:36, Mahesh Bandewar (महेश बंडेवार) wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 5:30 AM Jonas Bonn <> wrote:
>> + /* A hack to preserve kernel<->userspace interface.
>> + * It was previously allowed to pass the IFLA_TARGET_NETNSID
>> + * attribute as a way to _set_ the network namespace. In this
>> + * case, the device interface was assumed to be in the _current_
>> + * namespace.
>> + * If the device cannot be found in the target namespace then we
>> + * assume that the request is to set the device in the current
>> + * namespace and thus we attempt to find the device there.
>> + */
> Could this bypasses the ns_capable() check? i.e. if the target is
> "foo" but your current ns is bar. The process may be "capable" is foo
> but the interface is not found in foo but present in bar and ends up
> modifying it (especially when you are not capable in bar)?

I don't think so. There was never any capable-check for the "current"
namespace so there's no change in that regard.

I do think there is an issue with this hack that I can't see any
workaround for. If the user specifies an interface (by name or index)
for another namespace that doesn't exist, there's a potential problem if
that name/index happens to exist in the "current" namespace. In that
case, one many end up inadvertently modifying the interface in the
current namespace. I don't see how to avoid that while maintaining the
backwards compatibility.

My absolute preference would be to drop this compat-hack altogether.
iproute2 doesn't use a bare TARGET_NETNSID in this manner (for changing
namespaces) and I didn't find any other users by a quick search of other
prominent Netlink users: systemd, network-manager, connman. This
compat-hack is there for the _potential ab-user_ of the interface, not
for any known such.

>> + if (!dev && tgt_net) {
>> + net = sock_net(skb->sk);
>> + if (ifm->ifi_index > 0)
>> + dev = __dev_get_by_index(net, ifm->ifi_index);
>> + else if (tb[IFLA_IFNAME])
>> + dev = __dev_get_by_name(net, ifname);
>> + }


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