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From: Christian Brauner <christian.brauner@ubuntu.com>
To: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@xmission.com>
Cc: Kirill Tkhai <ktkhai@virtuozzo.com>,
	viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk, adobriyan@gmail.com,
	davem@davemloft.net, akpm@linux-foundation.org,
	areber@redhat.com, serge@hallyn.com,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 00/23] proc: Introduce /proc/namespaces/ directory to expose namespaces lineary
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:42:54 +0200
Message-ID: <20200730144254.uabteale5tvtpkzp@wittgenstein> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <87k0yl5axy.fsf@x220.int.ebiederm.org>

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 09:34:01AM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Kirill Tkhai <ktkhai@virtuozzo.com> writes:
> 
> > Currently, there is no a way to list or iterate all or subset of namespaces
> > in the system. Some namespaces are exposed in /proc/[pid]/ns/ directories,
> > but some also may be as open files, which are not attached to a process.
> > When a namespace open fd is sent over unix socket and then closed, it is
> > impossible to know whether the namespace exists or not.
> >
> > Also, even if namespace is exposed as attached to a process or as open file,
> > iteration over /proc/*/ns/* or /proc/*/fd/* namespaces is not fast, because
> > this multiplies at tasks and fds number.
> 
> I am very dubious about this.
> 
> I have been avoiding exactly this kind of interface because it can
> create rather fundamental problems with checkpoint restart.
> 
> You do have some filtering and the filtering is not based on current.
> Which is good.
> 
> A view that is relative to a user namespace might be ok.    It almost
> certainly does better as it's own little filesystem than as an extension
> to proc though.
> 
> The big thing we want to ensure is that if you migrate you can restore
> everything.  I don't see how you will be able to restore these files
> after migration.  Anything like this without having a complete
> checkpoint/restore story is a non-starter.
> 
> Further by not going through the processes it looks like you are
> bypassing the existing permission checks.  Which has the potential
> to allow someone to use a namespace who would not be able to otherwise.
> 
> So I think this goes one step too far but I am willing to be persuaded
> otherwise.

I think we discussed this at Plumbers (last year I want to say?) and
you were against making this a part of procfs already back then, I
think. The last known idead we could agree on was debugfs (shudder). But
a tiny separate fs might work as well.

We really would want those introspection abilities this provides though.
For us it was for debugging when namespaces linger and also to crawl
and inspect namespaces from LXD and various other use-cases. So if we
could make this happen in some form that'd be great.

Thanks!
Christian

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Thread overview: 76+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-30 11:59 Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 11:59 ` [PATCH 01/23] ns: Add common refcount into ns_common add use it as counter for net_ns Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 13:35   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 14:07     ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 15:59       ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 14:30   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 14:34     ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:39       ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 11:59 ` [PATCH 02/23] uts: Use generic ns_common::count Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:30   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 11:59 ` [PATCH 03/23] ipc: " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:32   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 11:59 ` [PATCH 04/23] pid: " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:37   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 11:59 ` [PATCH 05/23] user: " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:46   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 11:59 ` [PATCH 06/23] mnt: " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:49   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 11:59 ` [PATCH 07/23] cgroup: " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:50   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 08/23] time: " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:52   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 09/23] ns: Introduce ns_idr to be able to iterate all allocated namespaces in the system Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:23   ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-30 13:32     ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 13:56       ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-30 14:12         ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 14:15           ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-30 14:20             ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 10/23] fs: Rename fs/proc/namespaces.c into fs/proc/task_namespaces.c Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 11/23] fs: Add /proc/namespaces/ directory Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:18   ` Alexey Dobriyan
2020-07-30 13:22     ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 13:26   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 14:30     ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 20:47   ` kernel test robot
2020-07-30 22:20   ` kernel test robot
2020-08-05  8:17   ` kernel test robot
2020-08-05  8:17   ` [RFC PATCH] fs: namespaces_dentry_operations can be static kernel test robot
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 12/23] user: Free user_ns one RCU grace period after final counter put Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 13/23] user: Add user namespaces into ns_idr Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 14/23] net: Add net " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 15/23] pid: Eextract child_reaper check from pidns_for_children_get() Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 16/23] proc_ns_operations: Add can_get method Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 17/23] pid: Add pid namespaces into ns_idr Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:00 ` [PATCH 18/23] uts: Free uts namespace one RCU grace period after final counter put Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:01 ` [PATCH 19/23] uts: Add uts namespaces into ns_idr Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:01 ` [PATCH 20/23] ipc: Add ipc " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:01 ` [PATCH 21/23] mnt: Add mount " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:01 ` [PATCH 22/23] cgroup: Add cgroup " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 12:01 ` [PATCH 23/23] time: Add time " Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 13:08 ` [PATCH 00/23] proc: Introduce /proc/namespaces/ directory to expose namespaces lineary Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 13:38   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 14:34 ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-07-30 14:42   ` Christian Brauner [this message]
2020-07-30 15:01   ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-30 22:13     ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-07-31  8:48       ` Pavel Tikhomirov
2020-08-03 10:03       ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-03 10:51         ` Alexey Dobriyan
2020-08-06  8:05         ` Andrei Vagin
2020-08-07  8:47           ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-10 17:34             ` Andrei Vagin
2020-08-11 10:23               ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-12 17:53                 ` Andrei Vagin
2020-08-13  8:12                   ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-14  1:16                     ` Andrei Vagin
2020-08-14 15:11                       ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-14 19:21                         ` Andrei Vagin
2020-08-17 14:05                           ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-17 15:48                             ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-08-17 17:47                               ` Christian Brauner
2020-08-17 18:53                                 ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-08-04  5:43     ` Andrei Vagin
2020-08-04 12:11       ` Pavel Tikhomirov
2020-08-04 14:47       ` Kirill Tkhai

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