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From: Sargun Dhillon <sargun@sargun.me>
To: Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>
Cc: "Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)" <mtk.manpages@gmail.com>,
	Tycho Andersen <tycho@tycho.pizza>,
	Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>,
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	Song Liu <songliubraving@fb.com>,
	Daniel Borkmann <daniel@iogearbox.net>,
	Andy Lutomirski <luto@amacapital.net>,
	Linux Containers <containers@lists.linux-foundation.org>,
	Giuseppe Scrivano <gscrivan@redhat.com>,
	Robert Sesek <rsesek@google.com>
Subject: Re: For review: seccomp_user_notif(2) manual page
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2020 23:31:39 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAMp4zn_Qt2MYuoLojn5ikRkr-J5yGimirjevoAvorK5wfzrBHg@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAG48ez2Nb95ae+XwZPYRju1KO-Ps_4R6QxN6ioUhOy2Uok=uAg@mail.gmail.com>

On Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 3:28 AM Jann Horn <jannh@google.com> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 7:14 AM Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
> <mtk.manpages@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 10/26/20 4:54 PM, Jann Horn wrote:
> > > I'm a bit on the fence now on whether non-blocking mode should use
> > > ENOTCONN or not... I guess if we returned ENOENT even when there are
> > > no more listeners, you'd have to disambiguate through the poll()
> > > revents, which would be kinda ugly?
> >
> > I must confess, I'm not quite clear on which two cases you
> > are trying to distinguish. Can you elaborate?
>
> Let's say someone writes a program whose responsibilities are just to
> handle seccomp events and to listen on some other fd for commands. And
> this is implemented with an event loop. Then once all the target
> processes are gone (including zombie reaping), we'll start getting
> EPOLLERR.
>
> If NOTIF_RECV starts returning -ENOTCONN at this point, the event loop
> can just call into the seccomp logic without any arguments; it can
> just call NOTIF_RECV one more time, see the -ENOTCONN, and terminate.
> The downside is that there's one more error code userspace has to
> special-case.
> This would be more consistent with what we'd be doing in the blocking case.
>
> If NOTIF_RECV keeps returning -ENOENT, the event loop has to also tell
> the seccomp logic what the revents are.
>
> I guess it probably doesn't really matter much.

So, in practice, if you're emulating a blocking syscall (such as open,
perf_event_open, or any of a number of other syscalls), you probably
have to do it on a separate thread in the supervisor because you want
to continue to be able to receive new notifications if any other process
generates a seccomp notification event that you need to handle.

In addition to that, some of these syscalls are preemptible, so you need
to poll SECCOMP_IOCTL_NOTIF_ID_VALID to make sure that the program
under supervision hasn't left the syscall.

If we're to implement a mechanism that makes the seccomp ioctl receive
non-blocking, it would be valuable to address this problem as well (getting
a notification when the supervisor is processing a syscall and needs to
preempt it). In the best case, this can be a minor inconvenience, and
in the worst case this can result in weird errors where you're keeping
resources open that the container expects to be closed.

  reply	other threads:[~2020-10-28 23:45 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 52+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-09-30 11:07 Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-09-30 15:03 ` Tycho Andersen
2020-09-30 15:11   ` Tycho Andersen
2020-09-30 20:34   ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-09-30 23:03     ` Tycho Andersen
2020-09-30 23:11       ` Jann Horn
2020-09-30 23:24         ` Tycho Andersen
2020-10-01  1:52           ` Jann Horn
2020-10-01  2:14             ` Jann Horn
2020-10-25 16:31               ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-26 15:54                 ` Jann Horn
2020-10-27  6:14                   ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-27 10:28                     ` Jann Horn
2020-10-28  6:31                       ` Sargun Dhillon [this message]
2020-10-28  9:43                         ` Jann Horn
2020-10-28 17:43                           ` Sargun Dhillon
2020-10-28 18:20                             ` Jann Horn
2020-10-01  7:49             ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-26  0:32             ` Kees Cook
2020-10-26  9:51               ` Jann Horn
2020-10-26 10:31                 ` Jann Horn
2020-10-28 22:56                   ` Kees Cook
2020-10-29  1:11                     ` Jann Horn
     [not found]                   ` <20201029021348.GB25673@cisco>
2020-10-29  4:26                     ` Jann Horn
2020-10-28 22:53                 ` Kees Cook
2020-10-29  1:25                   ` Jann Horn
2020-10-01  7:45       ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-14  4:40         ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-09-30 15:53 ` Jann Horn
2020-10-01 12:54   ` Christian Brauner
2020-10-01 15:47     ` Jann Horn
2020-10-01 16:58       ` Tycho Andersen
2020-10-01 17:12         ` Christian Brauner
2020-10-14  5:41           ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-01 18:18         ` Jann Horn
2020-10-01 18:56           ` Tycho Andersen
2020-10-01 17:05       ` Christian Brauner
2020-10-15 11:24   ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-15 20:32     ` Jann Horn
2020-10-16 18:29       ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-17  0:25         ` Jann Horn
2020-10-24 12:52           ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-26  9:32             ` Jann Horn
2020-10-26  9:47               ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-09-30 23:39 ` Kees Cook
2020-10-15 11:24   ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-26  0:19     ` Kees Cook
2020-10-26  9:39       ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-01 12:36 ` Christian Brauner
2020-10-15 11:23   ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-10-01 21:06 ` Sargun Dhillon
2020-10-01 23:19   ` Tycho Andersen

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