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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/2] seccomp: Add wait_killable semantic to seccomp user notifier
On Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 8:20 PM Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 05:14:37PM +0000, Sargun Dhillon wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 11:42:15AM +0200, Rodrigo Campos wrote:
> > > On Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 4:32 AM Sargun Dhillon <sargun@sargun.me> wrote:
> > > > the concept is searchable. If the notifying process is signaled prior
> > > > to the notification being received by the userspace agent, it will
> > > > be handled as normal.
> > >
> > > Why is that? Why not always handle in the same way (if wait killable
> > > is set, wait like that)
> > >
> >
> > The goal is to avoid two things:
> > 1. Unncessary work - Often times, we see workloads that implement techniques
> > like hedging (Also known as request racing[1]). In fact, RFC3484
> > (destination address selection) gets implemented where the DNS library
> > will connect to many backend addresses and whichever one comes back first
> > "wins".
> > 2. Side effects - We don't want a situation where a syscall is in progress
> > that is non-trivial to rollback (mount), and from user space's perspective
> > this syscall never completed.
> >
> > Blocking before the syscall even starts is excessive. When we looked at this
> > we found that with runtimes like Golang, they can get into a bad situation
> > if they have many (1000s) of threads that are in the middle of a syscall
> > because all of them need to elide prior to GC. In this case the runtime
> > prioritizes the liveness of GC vs. the syscalls.
> >
> > That being said, there may be some syscalls in a filter that need the suggested
> > behaviour. I can imagine introducing a new flag
> > (say SECCOMP_FILTER_FLAG_WAIT_KILLABLE) that applies to all states.
> > Alternatively, in one implementation, I put the behaviour in the data
> > field of the return from the BPF filter.

Makes sense, if we need to, we can implement that in the future too.

> I'd add something like the above to the commit log, just to have it
> around.

Yes, please. It was not obvious to me.

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