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SubjectRe: [PATCH ghak90 V6 02/10] audit: add container id
On Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 2:12 PM Richard Guy Briggs <> wrote:
> On 2019-05-30 19:26, Paul Moore wrote:


> > I like the creativity, but I worry that at some point these
> > limitations are going to be raised (limits have a funny way of doing
> > that over time) and we will be in trouble. I say "trouble" because I
> > want to be able to quickly do an audit container ID comparison and
> > we're going to pay a penalty for these larger values (we'll need this
> > when we add multiple auditd support and the requisite record routing).
> >
> > Thinking about this makes me also realize we probably need to think a
> > bit longer about audit container ID conflicts between orchestrators.
> > Right now we just take the value that is given to us by the
> > orchestrator, but if we want to allow multiple container orchestrators
> > to work without some form of cooperation in userspace (I think we have
> > to assume the orchestrators will not talk to each other) we likely
> > need to have some way to block reuse of an audit container ID. We
> > would either need to prevent the orchestrator from explicitly setting
> > an audit container ID to a currently in use value, or instead generate
> > the audit container ID in the kernel upon an event triggered by the
> > orchestrator (e.g. a write to a /proc file). I suspect we should
> > start looking at the idr code, I think we will need to make use of it.
> To address this, I'd suggest that it is enforced to only allow the
> setting of descendants and to maintain a master list of audit container
> identifiers (with a hash table if necessary later) that includes the
> container owner.

We're discussing the audit container ID management policy elsewhere in
this thread so I won't comment on that here, but I did want to say
that we will likely need something better than a simple list of audit
container IDs from the start. It's common for systems to have
thousands of containers now (or multiple thousands), which tells me
that a list is a poor choice. You mentioned a hash table, so I would
suggest starting with that over the list for the initial patchset.

paul moore

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