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From: "Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)" <mtk.manpages@gmail.com>
To: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
Cc: mtk.manpages@gmail.com, Tycho Andersen <tycho@tycho.pizza>,
	Sargun Dhillon <sargun@sargun.me>,
	Christian Brauner <christian@brauner.io>,
	linux-man <linux-man@vger.kernel.org>,
	lkml <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Aleksa Sarai <cyphar@cyphar.com>, Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>,
	Alexei Starovoitov <ast@kernel.org>,
	wad@chromium.org, bpf@vger.kernel.org,
	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: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 13:24:03 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <c1cc0df8-bd06-51e7-d5a0-888c1955683b@gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <202009301632.9C6A850272@keescook>

Hello Kees,

On 10/1/20 1:39 AM, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 01:07:38PM +0200, Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) wrote:
>> [...] I did :-)
> 
> Yay! Thank you!

You're welcome :-)

>> [...]
>>    Overview
>>        In conventional usage of a seccomp filter, the decision about how
>>        to  treat  a particular system call is made by the filter itself.
>>        The user-space notification mechanism allows the handling of  the
>>        system  call  to  instead  be handed off to a user-space process.
>>        The advantages of doing this are that, by contrast with the  sec‐
>>        comp  filter,  which  is  running on a virtual machine inside the
>>        kernel, the user-space process has access to information that  is
>>        unavailable to the seccomp filter and it can perform actions that
>>        can't be performed from the seccomp filter.
> 
> I might clarify a bit with something like (though maybe the
> target/supervisor paragraph needs to be moved to the start):
> 
> 	This is used for performing syscalls on behalf of the target,
> 	rather than having the supervisor make security policy decisions
> 	about the syscall, which would be inherently race-prone. The
> 	target's syscall should either be handled by the supervisor or
> 	allowed to continue normally in the kernel (where standard security
> 	policies will be applied).

You, Christian, and Jann all pulled me up on this point. And thanks; 
I'm going to use some of your words above. See my reply to Jann, sent
at about the same time as this reply. Please take a look at the text
in my reply to Jann, and let me know what you think.

> I'll comment more later, but I've run out of time today and I didn't see
> anyone mention this detail yet in the existing threads... :)

Later never came :-). But, I hope you may have comments for the 
next draft, which I will send out soon.

Thanks,

Michael

-- 
Michael Kerrisk
Linux man-pages maintainer; http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/
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  reply	other threads:[~2020-10-15 11:35 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
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) [this message]
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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