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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v1 0/2] Add capabilities file to sysfs
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Hi.

Le lundi 27 décembre 2021, 23:22:41 CET Casey Schaufler a écrit :
> On 12/27/2021 12:54 PM, Francis Laniel wrote:
> > Hi.
> >
> >
> > First, I hope you are fine and the same for your relatives.
> >
> > Capabilities are used to check if a thread has the right to perform a
> > given
> > action [1].
> > For example, a thread with CAP_BPF set can use the bpf() syscall.
> >
> > Capabilities are used in the container world.
> > In terms of code, several projects related to container maintain code
> > where the capabilities are written alike include/uapi/linux/capability.h
> > [2][3][4][5]. For these projects, their codebase should be updated when a
> > new capability is added to the kernel.
> > Some other projects rely on <sys/capability.h> [6].
> > In this case, this header file should reflect the capabilities offered by
> > the kernel.
> >
> > So, in this series, I added a new file to sysfs: /sys/kernel/capabilities.
>
> This should be /sys/kernel/security/capabilities.

I began to write code to move this under /sys/kernel/security/capabilities but
I realized this directory is linked to CONFIG_SECURITYFS.
This option is not required to be able to run container [1].
Also, kernel/capability.c is always compiled, so I think it is better if this
file (i.e. the one which prints capabilities to user) does not depend on any
CONFIG_.

What do you think of it? Does this sound acceptable for you?

> > The goal of this file is to be used by "container world" software to know
> > kernel capabilities at run time instead of compile time.
> >
> > The underlying kernel attribute is read-only and its content is the
> > capability number associated with the capability name:
> > root@vm-amd64:~# cat /sys/kernel/capabilities
> > 0 CAP_CHOWN
> > 1 CAP_DAC_OVERRIDE
> > ...
> > 39 CAP_BPF
> >
> > The kernel already exposes the last capability number under:
> > /proc/sys/kernel/cap_last_cap
> > So, I think there should not be any issue exposing all the capabilities it
> > offers.
> > If there is any, please share it as I do not want to introduce issue with
> > this series.
> >
> > Also, if you see any way to improve this series please share it as it
> > would
> > increase this contribution quality.
> >
> > Francis Laniel (2):
> > capability: Add cap_strings.
> > kernel/ksysfs.c: Add capabilities attribute.
> >
> > include/uapi/linux/capability.h | 1 +
> > kernel/capability.c | 45 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > kernel/ksysfs.c | 18 +++++++++++++
> > 3 files changed, 64 insertions(+)
> >
> > Best regards and thank you in advance for your reviews.
> > ---
> > [1] man capabilities
> > [2]
> > https://github.com/containerd/containerd/blob/1a078e6893d07fec10a4940a566
> > 4fab21d6f7d1e/pkg/cap/cap_linux.go#L135 [3]
> > https://github.com/moby/moby/commit/485cf38d48e7111b3d1f584d5e9eab46a902a
> > abc#diff-2e04625b209932e74c617de96682ed72fbd1bb0d0cb9fb7c709cf47a86b6f9c1
> > moby relies on containerd code.
> > [4]
> > https://github.com/syndtr/gocapability/blob/42c35b4376354fd554efc7ad35e0b
> > 7f94e3a0ffb/capability/enum.go#L47 [5]
> > https://github.com/opencontainers/runc/blob/00f56786bb220b55b41748231880b
> > a0e6380519a/libcontainer/capabilities/capabilities.go#L12 runc relies on
> > syndtr package.
> > [6]
> > https://github.com/containers/crun/blob/fafb556f09e6ffd4690c452ff51856b88
> > 0c089f1/src/libcrun/linux.c#L35


Best regards.
---
[1] https://github.com/moby/moby/blob/
10aecb0e652d346130a37e5b4383eca28f594c21/contrib/check-config.sh


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